BASKETBALL, HANDBALL, VOLLEYBALL
Basketball is professionally represented in Minsk by Tsmokі Mіnsk. The team is named after a character in the Belarusian mythology - a kind dragon. Belarusian Championship is noncompetitive and attracts little interest of viewers. However, the club attracts considerable crowds during international matches in Russian VTB United League and the third largest European Cup – Eurochallenge. International matches are played at the comfortable Minsk-Arena, yet attendance is still less than during ice hockey games. However, the club has been employing an active marketing policyits which allows to gradually grow the viewership.
SKA Minsk is a handball side with the legendary past that includes three wins in the Champions Cup at the end of the 1980s. Nowadays, the team is less successful but in 2013 they won the Challenge Cup. The club's home venue - sports complex SKA in Uruchcha - is currently being reconstructed. The team has to play home matches at the handball hall RTSOR (55/2, Filimonova str.).
Until recently, there was a handball team Dinamo in Minsk. It used to perform successfully in the Champions League and twice hosted the famous Barcelona in Minsk. One of the matches with Barcelona at Minsk-Arena gathered the unexpected audience for 14 thousand Belarusian handball fans. However, the club ceased to exist due financial problems in 2014.
The local volleyball team is Stroitel http://www.vcminsk.com/. Apart from playing in the championship of Belarus, it participates in in Russia's Superleague and European Challenge Cup.
Where to play
In winter, local football, basketball or volleyball amateurs rent venues at sports centers or can even rent high school gyms. In summer, people play in unguarded playgrounds in parks.
Community of Minsk volleyball lovers
Amateur volleyball in Belarus
Unprofessional basketball league