The biggest names in Australian basketball will be on display in Bendigo and Ballarat for next month’s NBL Blitz.
The National Basketball League has partnered with the Victorian Government to bring its popular pre-season event to regional Victoria.
Bendigo Stadium will host four games of the NBL Blitz on September 20 with eight games at Ballarat Minerdome from September 22-23 with both cities to also host a range of community activities featuring NBL stars.
The announcement was made as Melbourne United prepared to take on the Sydney Kings in tonight’s pre-season game in front of a big crowd at Bendigo Stadium
NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said: “We are very excited to once again bring the NBL Blitz to Victorian regional communities.
“The NBL Blitz will lead into the next round of NBL x NBA games in the USA starting on September 28 and then the start of the 2018-19 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season on October 11 in what is a very exciting time for Australian basketball.”
The Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, said: “I’m delighted to see our investment in regional stadiums is delivering for centres like Bendigo and Ballarat. We’ve locked in the upcoming Boomers v Kazakhstan FIBA World Cup Qualifier and now the NBL Blitz and what better way to inspire more young people to hit the hoops.”
In addition to 12 games across three days there will be a range of community activities at both venues including NBL clinics, game-day activations featuring 3x 3, wheelchair and Indigenous basketball and free entry to the day session games on Day 1 in Bendigo.
To buy tickets or more information about the NBL Blitz in Bendigo and Ballarat go to www.nbl.com.au/blitz
All games will be streamed on NBL TV.
Day 1 Bendigo Stadium
|Thursday 20 September||11:00||Illawarra Hawks||Brisbane Bullets|
|Thursday 20 September||13:00||New Zealand Breakers||Perth Wildcats|
|Thursday 20 September||17:30||Melbourne United||Adelaide 36ers|
|Thursday 20 September||19:30||Sydney Kings||Cairns Taipans|
Day 2 Ballarat Minerdome
|Saturday 22 September||13:00||Cairns Taipans||Perth Wildcats|
|Saturday 22 September||15:00||Sydney Kings||Adelaide 36ers|
|Saturday 22 September||17:30||Illawarra Hawks||New Zealand Breakers|
|Saturday 22 September||19:30||Melbourne United||Brisbane Bullets|
Day 3 Ballarat Minerdome
|Sunday 23 September||11:00||New Zealand Breakers||Cairns Taipans|
|Sunday 23 September||13:00||Brisbane Bullets||Sydney Kings|
|Sunday 23 September||15:30||Adelaide 36ers||Perth Wildcats|
|Sunday 23 September||17:30||Melbourne United||Illawarra Hawks|