MIES - FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, has officially moved into its new headquarters at the House of Basketball, on the outskirts of Geneva.
The House of Basketball is situated in the village of Mies, a 10-minute drive from Geneva international airport. The building is situated on an 8,500 square metre plot of land on the shores of Lake Geneva with a view of the Alps.
Under the supervision of the International Basketball Foundation (IBF) – and its chair, former FIBA President Bob Elphinston – the construction of the building was completed in a little over two years.
The state-of-the-art facility comes with a complete floor for FIBA's administrative staff, a conference centre and an exhibition area that includes the FIBA Hall of Fame, as well as a library with more than 6,000 basketball books. It also features an underground parking and extensive storage.
The building is shaped like a hand, one of the key elements of FIBA's visual identity and one of the main body parts used to play basketball. It also incorporates a steel structure that is reminiscent of the woven basketball net.
The House of Basketball is built to respect the environment. It is signed up to meet the highest standards of sustainability as outlined by the Swiss label Minergie.
The move to the House of Basketball constitutes an historic milestone for FIBA.
“This marks a great day as we can finally say that we have a home open to all our members,” said FIBA President Yvan Mainini. “With this, we have achieved one of our four pillars.”
FIBA’s three other pillars are to grow its 3x3 discipline on the world stage, to change its competition system as of 2017 and to adapt its governance to deal with the future challenges and its ambitious objectives.
FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann joined Mr Mainini in putting the memorable occasion into perspective.
“We are delighted to have our own headquarters that reflect our sport and its values. The House of Basketball is not only a home for FIBA and its members, but for all lovers of basketball,” he said.
Over the past 81 years, FIBA has had its head offices in a number of places. After it was originally founded in Geneva in 1932, FIBA had its headquarters in Rome, Italy from 1932 until 1940 before moving to Bern, Switzerland, from 1940 until 1956.
Under its then Secretary General – and now Secretary General Emeritus – Borislav Stankovic, FIBA had its offices in Munich, Germany, for over 30 years.
FIBA first decided to build its own headquarters in 1968, but it wasn’t until 30 years later, in 1998, that the FIBA World Congress looked at the idea more closely.
In May 2000, eight cities presented their projects to the Central Board and FIBA chose to move back to Geneva, doing so on 29 May 2002.
Six years later, Mies was selected as the site for the House of Basketball where FIBA purchased a plot of land to build its own home.
The inauguration of the House of Basketball will take place on Tuesday 18 June - the day of FIBA's anniversary - with the induction of the 2013 class of FIBA Hall of Fame members to follow the next day.
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FIBA (fiba.com) – the world governing body for basketball – is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
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