Although DTL EKA Lemesos have been playing at their recently completed Nicos Solomonides arena for 18 months, club President Michael Loizides could not resist the opportunity to use the EuroCup All Star Game to re-christen the club's new home.
The ceremony involved a blessing by a local parish priest as well as the unveiling of a signpost marking all the major arenas in Europe where Lemesos have played.
Azovmash destroyed DTL EKA AEL Lemesos in the opening quarter on Wednesday to storm into the EuroCup Final Four.
Playing at home where they had won their previous 10 EuroCup games dating back to December of 2005, the defending Ukrainian champions outscored the Cyprus club 31-7 over the first 10 minutes and cruised to a 97-69 victory.
DTL EKA AEL Lemesos ensured their EuroCup quarter-final tie with Azovmash would go to a deciding third game after edging a hotly contested clash with the Ukrainian champions 85-79 on Friday night.
Azovmash, who won the first game in the best-of-three series 88-63 on Tuesday, took the lead early in the first quarter and were never behind during the first half, heading in for the interval with a 44-39 advantage over their Cypriot opponents.
Azovmash have one foot in the EuroCup Final Four after destroying DTL EKA AEL Lemesos in the opening game of their quarter-final tie on Tuesday in Mariupol.
The defending champions of Ukraine were knotted at 34-34 at half-time but blew away their opponents the rest of the way in securing an 88-63 triumph.
DTL EKA AEL Lemesos
Georgiou Thyrotou 1, 3012 Limassol, CYP
Tel: +357 (25) 73 75 55
Fax: +357 (25) 73 75 40
|Spiros Kyprianou Arena|
Giannou Kranidioti Av. Limassol, CYP
Tel: +357 (25) 87 22 70
Fax: +357 (25) 73 33 36
1 George Thyrotou Str., 3012 Limassol, CYP
+ 357 (25) 73 75 55
+ 357 (25) 73 75 40
General Manager: Andreas Mouzourides
General Manager: Andreas Sofokleous