What To Watch For At The VTB United League Final Four

What To Watch For At The VTB United League Final Four

What’s at stake? 

The VTB United League Final Four is the ultimate stage for Eastern Europe’s premier basketball league, featuring the top four teams in a thrilling knockout tournament.

The clubs voted to bring back the format in order to increase interest in the competition. There are no more series. Win or go home. 

When and where?

June 8 and 10, 2018 at the VTB Ice Palace.

The semifinals are scheduled for June 8

The third place game and championship will be played on June 10. 

How do you get there?

The arena is located at Avtozavodskaya ulitsa, vladenie 23, Moscow. 

The nearest metro station is Avtozavodskaya (green line). Exit the first car from the center or the last car from the end of the line. 

Another option is taking the Moscow Central Ring. Zil is the nearest station to the arena. 

This handy guide will help you find the arena quickly.

If you drive, enjoy parking in the massive covered garage located next to the arena (200 rubles for two hours before and after the games). 

Who’s playing?

CSKA Moscow

The Army Men have won 15 consecutive Russian titles and earned a reputation as postseason kings. But 2017-18 brings a new challenge as the Belov Cup switches to a Final Four format. Two VTB United League games, no margin for error. CSKA has a chance to write another chapter in the club’s legendary history.


UNICS beat semifinal foe Khimki twice during the regular season, but both games were decided by a single possession. It’s tough to imagine a better match-up with a trip to the championship on the line. Buy your tickets now to see the drama unfold live.

Khimki Moscow Region

Khimki Moscow Region finished the regular season in sixth place then delivered the biggest shock of the postseason, sweeping mighty Lokomotiv-Kuban 3-0 behind superstar performances from Alexey Shved. He’s hungry for more. Semifinal foe UNICS makes a perfect second course.

Zenit St. Petersburg

Zenit has an impressive club pedigree, but is the only Final Four team to never play in Europe’s most prestigious competition. They can get there with a win over CSKA in the semis. The Zenit faithful in Moscow will be desperate for an upset.

What does the champion take home?

The Russian championship and a trip to the EuroLeague (if CSKA wins, the runner-up qualifies). 

Plus, the Belov Cup. The trophy awaits its owner. 

Here’s a sneak peek at the Final Four medals. 

What else is there to do at the Final Four besides the games?

– Special guest DJ Motiv8, founder of the Black Eyed Peas, will perform on June 10. On June 8, listen to the sounds of Paul Damixie, creator of the best remix of Adele’s Hello. 

– DJ duo and twin sisters Twins Project are also coming to the Final Four. You can’t miss them. 

– Famous actor Stanislav Yarushin will be the Final Four host. 

– The Ice Palace features a massive 107 m² seamless scoreboard suspended at center court. There’s nothing else like it in Russia. 

– We’re bringing the biggest, brightest lights ever seen at a basketball game in Europe to the Final Four!

– Eat and drink at more than 10 unique food stands and the panoramic Ledovy Bar cafe and restaurant.

Is there still time to buy a ticket?

It’s not too late, but tickets are going fast. You can buy them at Kassir.ru.

You have the option to buy tickets for the entire weekend or separately for June 8 or 10. 

Tickets are also available in each team’s supporter section and the general supporter section. 

Tickets begin at 500 rubles.

Where can I watch, if I can’t make it to the arena?

Match TV will air all of the games. 

The VTB United League has also partnered with Vkontakte to stream the biggest games of the season on the social network for the first time ever. 


June 8

6:00 PM (MSK). Semifinals. CSKA vs. Zenit

9:00 PM (MSK). Semifinals. UNICS vs. Khimki

June 10

4:00 PM (MSK). Third Place Game

7:00 PM (MSK). Championship


See you at the games!