Science City Jena

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Science City Jena
Science City Jena logo
Leagues Basketball Bundesliga
Founded 1994; 24 years ago (1994)
History TuS Jena
1994–2002
Baskets Jena
2002–2007
Science City Jena
2007–present
Arena Sparkassen Arena
Capacity 3,000
Location Jena, Germany
Team colors Blue, White
         
Championships 1 ProA
Website www.baskets-jena.de
Uniforms

Science City Jena is a basketball club based in Jena, Germany that plays in the Basketball Bundesliga. Their home court is the Sparkassen Arena, which seats 3,000. Their current head coach is Björn Harmsen.

The team was known as erdgas baskets Jena through the 2006 season, then as POM baskets Jena, and took their current name in 2007[1] In the 2015–16 season, they won their first ProA title and promoted to the Bundesliga.

History[edit]

Although never a big sport in the former East Germany, basketball was played in Jena since the 1960s. In 1994, a new basketball program was found in the "Turn- und Sportverein (TuS) Jena". Starting in the lower divisions the club gained promotion to the second division (2. Liga Süd) in 2001. Once established in professional sports the club started to become a basketball only organization with the founding of the Baskets Jena GmbH which now holds the license.

The biggest success so far has been the promotion to the 1st division (BBL) in 2007. The stay in the top league lasted only one year with the club finishing last after an eventful year. With the promotion, the team switched to the bigger "JenArena" which allowed attendances up to 3.000 in a temporary construction. Financial difficulties in maintaining the "JenArena" led to a return to the gym "Werner-Seelenbinder-Halle".

In the 2015–16 season, Jena won the ProA championship by beating SC Rasta Vechta in the Finals and was promoted back to the Bundesliga.[2]

Honours[edit]

Champions: 2015–16

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. European competitions
2013–14 2 ProA 5th
2014–15 2 ProA 5th
2015–16 2 ProA 1st
2016–17 1 Bundesliga 13th
2017–18 1 Bundesliga 13th

Notable players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

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