The FIBA 3x3 World Championship will be played in the heart of the Greek capital of Athens, in front of the Ζappeion Megaron, a highly symbolic venue filled with history, symbolism and tradition.
The Zappeion itself, completed in 1874, was the first building to be erected specifically for the revival of the Modern Olympic Games. It was the brainchild of Evangelis Zappas, who alongside Panagiotis Soutsos was among the forefathers of the revival of the Acient Greek Olympic values in the mid-18th century.
This Greek Olympic revival would later serve as one of the inspirations of Pierre de Coubertin, who unified several similar movements to found the Internationl Olympic Committee and organise first Modern Olympics Games, in Athens in 1896.
On the occasion of the 1896 Games, the Zappeion was used as the main fencing hall, while serving as the Olympic Village for the 1906 Games in Athens, and as arguably the most beautiful Olympic Games Press Centre of all time when the Olympics returned to Athens in 2004.
A number of major historical events have taken place at the Zappeion, including the signing of the documents formalizing Greece's accession to the European Community in May 1979.
It lies in close proximity to the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Greek National Gardens.