This historic series between two basketball powerhouses will be played at Etihad Stadium on August 22 and 24, 2019.
Houston, a two-time NBA All Star and member of the USA Men’s Basketball teams that won gold in Sydney 2000 and USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley were given their first glimpse of Etihad Stadium less than one year out from the historic series that has already captured the imagination of basketball lovers around the globe.
“It’s exciting to visit Melbourne again and it is a fantastic city. The trip in 2000 still remains one of the memorable playing experiences of my life. You can just see how this stadium is going to come to life for the series next year,” Mr. Houston said.
“Australia has a long history of developing talented basketball players and there is no question this will be an entertaining and competitive series come August next year.”
The Australian basketball family and fans who registered via the TEG Live pre-sale waitlist will be given priority access to purchase tickets from today, with general public tickets available from 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
“The growth and popularity of basketball in Australia continues to get stronger and stronger each year,” Boomers legend and Assistant Coach Luc Longley said.
“This series is a great reward for all the fans in Australia that have pushed long and hard for NBA players and teams to play games over here.
“We have the talent to compete with the best in the world and this series is a vital part of preparation to win gold at the FIBA World Cup in China next year,” Longley said.
Australian Boomers v USA Basketball Pre-FIBA World Cup Series
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Game 1 Thursday, 22 August 2019, 19:30 (AEST)
Game 2 Saturday, 24 August 2019, 14:00 (AEST)
Tickets on sale to the Basketball Family (Basketball Australia/NBL/Chemist Warehouse WNBL) and TEG Live waitlist from 12pm today through www.ticketmaster.com.au
General Public tickets on sale from 1pm on Wednesday, 29 August.
About Basketball Australia
Basketball Australia (BA) is the governing and controlling body for the sport of basketball in Australia and is located in Wantirna South, Victoria. BA runs the Chemist Warehouse WNBL Championship, SEABL, NWBL and WNWBL as well as 15 national teams and national junior championships. Basketball is an Olympic and Paralympic sport and shares one of the highest international profiles with over 1.1 million people currently playing basketball in Australia.
About USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA Basketball is a non-profit organization and the national governing body for basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA national teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored five-on-five and 3x3 international competitions, as well as for some national competitions and for the development of youth basketball.
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