NBL: Perth will be the definitive center of Australian basketball in September

NBL: Perth will be the definitive center of Australian basketball in September

All NBL and WNBL teams will descend on Western Australia, which becomes the country’s basketball Mecca, for the inaugural HoopsFest, a multi-day event that will also feature the Australian Under-18 Club Championship, the famous Sneakerland convention and lots of activities. of fan activations.

HoopsFest is an initiative supported by the Western Australian Government and Basketball Australia, and will take place from 19 to 22 September 2024 at the RAC Arena, HBF Stadium and Bendat Basketball Centre.

The first round of the 2024-25 NBL season will take place in Perth with all teams playing one match throughout the week. The first match of the NBL season will be a rematch of the 2024 Championship Series between Tasmania JackJumpers and Melbourne United, scheduled for Thursday, September 19 at the RAC Arena. NBL games will be split between the RAC Arena, which is the home ground of the Perth Wildcats, and HBF Stadium. Each NBL team will play 29 games during the regular season, up from the usual 28, allowing them to participate in this event while also being able to host 14 home games.

The Wildcats will play their first regular season home game on Friday, September 20 against the South East Melbourne Phoenix.

“HoopsFest is the first of its kind and will be the biggest and best weekend in the history of the sport, and we are delighted to bring it to life for the first time in Perth,” said NBL chief executive David Stevenson.

“The power of basketball will be on display at HoopsFest, helping to foster an unrivaled atmosphere that only our sport can generate when all elements of the game come together. In just one day, fans will be able to cheer on their favorite NBL and WNBL teams ., meet your heroes in the fan zone, check out some of the world’s rarest and most sought-after shoes at Sneakerland, and immerse yourself in the world of basketball.”

During HoopsFest, a WNBL tournament will be held as a precursor to the league’s upcoming season. Eight games will be played in total, starting with a clash between local Perth Lynx and Sydney Flames, while Geelong United will make their first appearance in the WNBL.

The Australian Under-18 Club Championship will feature 40 men’s and women’s teams, and some of the country’s young talent will be on display.

“I have always believed in the power of unity and collaboration, and one of our main goals has been to unite the entire basketball community,” Stevenson said. “I want to thank the Western Australian Government and Tourism WA for their wonderful support in helping us make that dream a reality and create basketball history. That gratitude also extends to Basketball Australia CEO Matt Scriven who has played an important role in bringing HoopsFest to life.”

Over the course of the four-day schedule, a combined 13 NBL and WNBL matches will be played, as well as 140 Australian Under-18 Club Championship matches.

“Western Australia has a long, proud and successful history of basketball, so we are very excited to host this inaugural event,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism, the Hon. Rita Saffioti MLA said.

“Of course, we know the enormous benefits hosting events like this bring to our state, attracting thousands of out-of-state visitors, injecting millions of dollars into our local economy and creating a fantastic atmosphere for our local community.”

Minister of Sports and Recreation, Hon. David Templeman MLA added: “West Australians love basketball so this announcement is a huge win for our community and I have no doubt we will see many locals turn out to show their support for this fantastic event.”

HOOPSFEST SCHEDULE: NBL First Round and WNBL Tournament

Thursday September 19

– (WNBL) Perth Lynx v Sydney Flames, 4:00 pm AWST/6:00 pm AEST at RAC Arena.
– (NBL) Melbourne United v Tasmania JackJumpers, 6:30pm AWST/8:30pm AEST at RAC Arena.
– (WNBL) Bendigo Spirit v Canberra Capitals, 5:00pm AWST/7:00pm AEST at Bendat Basketball Stadium.
– (WNBL) Townsville Fire v Geelong United, 7:30pm AWST/9:30pm AEST at Bendat Basketball Stadium.

Friday September 20
– (WNBL) Southside Flyers v Perth Lynx, 4:00pm AWST/6:00pm AEST at RAC Arena.
– (NBL) Perth Wildcats v South East Melbourne Phoenix, 6:30pm AWST/8:30pm AEST at RAC Arena.
– (WNBL) Sydney Flames vs Adelaide Lightning, 5:00pm AWST/7:00pm AEST at Bendat Basketball Stadium.
– (WNBL) Bendigo Spirit v Townsville Fire, 7:30pm AWST/9:30pm AEST at Bendat Basketball Stadium.

Saturday September 21
– (NBL) New Zealand Breakers vs Brisbane Bullets, 4:00 pm AWST/6:00 pm AEST at HBF Stadium.
– (NBL) Cairns Taipans v Illawarra Hawks, 6:30pm AWST/8:30pm AEST at HBF Stadium.
– (WNBL) Adelaide Lightning vs Southside Flyers, 5:00pm AWST/7:00pm AEST at Bendat Basketball Stadium.
– (WNBL) Canberra Capitals v Geelong United, 7:30pm AWST/9:30pm AEST at Bendat Basketball Stadium.

Sunday September 22
– (NBL) Adelaide 36ers vs Sydney Kings, 12:30pm AWST/2:30pm AEST at RAC Arena.