The FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2023 is set to feature a revolutionary innovation in the form of a glass flooring court. This groundbreaking surface, provided by ASB GlassFloor, will be used in an official FIBA competition for the first time ever, adding a new dimension to the tournament.
Rigorous testing and approval from FIBA's Equipment and Venue Centre has led to the adoption of ASB GlassFloor systems in various sporting competitions, including the 3x3 Pro League in the Netherlands and pre-season German Bundesliga games.
The introduction of this cutting-edge glass flooring court aligns with FIBA's priority of endorsing and encouraging innovation in basketball. The LumiFlex court is a full video floor that enables interactive applications and enhanced show staging, with additional advertising options. Additionally, player tracking can be added to the video floor, displaying live stats and athletic achievements to fans for enhanced interaction.
FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis expressed his excitement for the premiere of the glass flooring court, stating, "This innovative surface, made possible by the recent rule change, clearly demonstrates FIBA's appetite to embrace new technology and innovation."
Hosting the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2023 in Madrid between July 15 and 23, Spanish Basketball Federation President Jorge Garbajosa spoke of the benefits of the glass flooring court, highlighting its potential for enhancing the fan experience and providing additional marketing and branding opportunities.
This exciting new development was made possible by the decision of the FIBA Central Board to allow the use of LED glass in Level 1 competitions, enabling the glass flooring to be used for all Final Phase games at the Palacio de los Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid.