Every nation on earth has one national pastime that other countries find utterly bizarre, ask any foreigner about Australian Rules football and they will probably not have a clue. But other countries have some equally odd fascinations too, the brits love snooker, spaniards enjoy watching tacky harlequins killing defenceless animals, French throw little metal balls into the sand and Indians hold each other's hand while not breathing and trying to tickle the opposition in kabaddi. Fortunately there are some games which do make sense in translation so, if you are travelling to Turkey, you don't necessarily have to get your sport fix watching oily naked men cuddling each other. They also have a well established and competitive basketball league too. Expats from across the world who are stationed in this nexus between Europe and Asia come together, along with locals to get behind their team under a common banner of sportsmanship and the athletic spirit. This game is suitable for lone wolves as well as those who visit with the family.
You can never know what to expect with Turkish Basketball League tickets
Known locally as Basketbol Süper Ligi, and more familiarly the Turkish Basketball Super League, this championship has been established for more than 50 years and they take it all very seriously. Nobody would pretend that the calibre of athletes this tournament attracts is anywhere near the quality who play in North America, or even the Lithuanian league, but that is not to say they are rubbish either. On occasion a washed up American will finish their career amongst the sundry nationals who convene to form this league, so if you have Turkish Basketball League tickets, and if that is your brew, you'll be in for a treat. There is every chance that some Australians are forging a career here too; you can check the current squad lists online, or by clicking through from the Australian Basketball Federation page.
From downtown to some of Turkey's more remote places
One of the joys of having Turkish Basketball League tickets is that fans have the opportunity to visit some of the less obvious parts of this country. There are fixtures where, for example, Ankara play Istanbul and Ïzmir take on Trabzon but you also get the chance to go to some real backwaters where you wouldn't believe civilisation had reached, let alone a semi professional basketball team. Even if you have the occasion to find yourself marooned in the sports hall of Bursa, you can still catch a game and watch the giants sink three pointers and foul each other with as much panache as the Harlem Globetrotters.