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Home arena “Basket Hall” has a capacity of 7500 seats. Lokomotiv Kuban has one of the highest attendances in Russian basketball. The club is a multilevel sports organisation developing both professional and amateur sports. In the Loko system there are seven youth teams players from which are called up to the national teams of different ages on a regular basis.
2019/2020 seasonA decade in Krasnodar and the coronavirus pandemic. An strange season that ended ahead of schedule in March.
In the offseason the team underwent changes in management, coaching staff, and the roster was renewed.
Ginas Rutkauskas was appointed vice president. For the Lithuanian specialist this is a return to the Krasnodar: he was Loko's vice president from 2012 to 2014.
Italian specialist Luca Banchi became the head coach of the team.
The roster was joined by American legionnaires Sam Decker, Will Cummings, Johnny O'Bryant and Alan Williams, as well as Lithuanian defender Mantas Kalnietis, who played for Loko in the seasons 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015.
On November 15, after unsatisfactory results at the start of the season, the club's management decided to part ways with Luca Banchi. Bogdan Karaicic was appointed as acting coach.
On December 7 after a home defeat to Avtodor Saratov Evgeny Pashutin, who coached Loko from 2012 to 2014, was appointed as head coach. After Pashutin's return Loko beat Partizan in the Eurocup, but lost to Tofas away and for the first time did not qualify to top-16 of Eurocup.
In VTB United League Loko with Pashutin made a spurt of eight victories in a row. In March the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Loko was in third place after Khimki and CSKA.
2018/2019 seasonBefore the 2018/2019 season made a few big signings.
Teams’s roster was reinforced by an NBA champion Dorell Wright, a reigning Eurocup champion JaJuan Johnson, an American prospect Isaiah Whitehead and other foreign players.
Despite Moustapha Fall and Jamel McLean’s injuries Loko finished the group stage in the first place and TOP-16 of Eurocup. The quarter-finals against UNICS were as tight as it might be, but Loko were unlucky by having lost the third game on the road.
In the VTB United League Loko finished on the fourth place after a powerful ending of the regular season. But in the quarter-finals against Zenit, Bob Donewald’s team was let down by injuries (before the fourth game Dorell Wright had to recover along with Dmitry Khvostov) and the series finished with a 3:1 score and the St. Petersburg club advancing further.
Lokomotiv Kuban has one of the highest attendance in Russia. The club is a multilevel sports organisation developing both professional and amateur sports. In the Loko system there are seven youth teams players from which are called up to the national teams of different ages on a regular basis. Lokomotiv Kuban hosts an all-Russian children’s tournament “Lokobasket - School league” that unites more than 200 000 contenders from all over the country. In 2016 the club initiated a unique basketball center aimed to lead young Russian player on a new level. More than that, in 2018, we began construction of a club’s new training center. The first part of the work is to be finished by the end of 2019.
2017/2018 seasonSeason 2017/18 became a transition year for Loko. The main goal was to return to Euroleague.
The roster was formed by the head coach Sasa Obradovic. Loko signed up three national team players (Dmitry Kulagin, Pavel Antipov and Stanislav Ilnitsky), Russian cup winner Ivan Nelyubov, American players Joe Ragland, Chris Babb, Trevor Lacey and Brian Qvale and one of the most entertaining players in the VTB United League Frank Elegar.
Loko set an all-time Eurocup record of 20 victories in a row, winning all the games up until the final. Unfortunately, the team lost the first game in Basket Hall and could not turn the game around in Istanbul.
The VTB United league regular season was finished with Loko being third in the table. But the club couldn’t expand the success onto the playoffs. With 3-0 in the series Khimki advanced to the next round.
Nonetheless, Look won a trophy that season. In the Russian cup final against Nizhny Novgorod Loko won with a huge gap — 85:64 — with an Russians-only roster throughout the whole tournament.
2016/2017 seasonLoko celebrated 70 years in the season 2016/2017!
Throughout the years Lokomotiv Kuban walked a colossal road from a basketball workshop for railmen to the Final Four of the most prestigious European tournament — Euroleague.
Much to the disappointment, Loko didn’t get any trophies in the jubilee year. At the start of this season Fotis Katsikaris took the team under his wing but due to the poor results in all the tournaments it was decided to part ways with the Greek coach. Sasa Obradovic came as a substitute. With the Serbian specialist in charge Loko managed to reach Eurocup semi-finals where they lost to the future champions — Unicaja.
A similar story happened in the VTB United League. Loko beat UNICS in the quarter-finals but lost the semis to CSKA.
2015/2016 seasonLoko had a sensational season in 2015/2016
For the first time in history a club that had gotten a wild card to play in Euroleague reached the Final Four. During the season Loko beat Panathinaikos three times, Anadolu Efes suffered twice and then there was a fantastic 5 gams series against Barcelona — Loko won the deciding fifth game at home and celebrated getting through to the Final Four with a full arena on the court.
As a result not only Loko won a place on the Berlin pedestal, but also made a huge contribution to the future — Andrei Vedischev, the president of the club, announced launching of the first basketball center for children in Russia, that is aimed on developing kids from the region.
2014/2015 seasonSeason 2014/2015 became another proof that Loko belongs to the European basketball elite.
A record of 19 wins in a row in Eurocup made them a major title contender but injuries forced Lokomotiv Kuban to finish their way in the quarter-finals.
Other than that the club won bronze medals in the VTB United League.
2013/2014 seasonLoko debuted in Euroleague in the season 2013/2014 and reached Top-16. Just a single victory separated the Krasnodar club from the play-offs.
Along with the Euroleague the club played in two other tournaments — VTB United League and Russian cup having reached the final of the latter. Silver medals were the outcome of the tournament.