Earlier this month, the first ever Croatian heritage night in the NBA was held in New York at Madison Square Garden.
Heritage nights are not new in the NBA but when the New York Knicks took on the Indiana Pacers it was the first time a match had a Croatian theme.
The night celebrated Croatian culture through themed in-arena components such as stands selling bureks, which were presented as popular Croatian street food.
There was also a chance for the fans to meet Croatian international Bojan Bogdanović, who played for the Pacers and the New York Knicks Croatian Mario Hezonja, who also chose some of the music blasted from the stadium’s sound system.
Yesterday, the New York Knicks released a video taking a closer look at the Croatian heritage night. The star of the video was Knicks fan with Croatian heritage Gabe Gomes. Gomes, whose mother is from Croatia, was one of the many New York Croatians at Madison Square Garden that night.
Check out the video below.
For a closer look inside our Croatian Theme Night experience, Knicks fan Gabe Gomez shares the joy of bringing heritage & Knicks fandom together 🇭🇷 Explore our 📆 of theme nights from Latvian Heritage, Women’s History, to Pride Night & join us as we celebrate the diversity of NY. pic.twitter.com/MDAgaEypy0
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 26, 2019
Some of the action from the night below.