Australian Boomers v USA Basketball 2019
The biggest names in world basketball will square off in August 2019 when the Australian Boomers host USA Basketball at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne.
Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the USA's best battle it out with our local heroes in this important pre- FIBA World Cup series.
With eight Aussies lighting it up in the US this year, there has never been a better chance for our Boomers to beat the might of the USA Basketball on home soil.
This promises to be the biggest sporting event of the year so join our exclusive waitlist now!
Australian Boomers v USA Basketball, August 22 & 24 at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne.
August, Thurs 22, 2019
Boomers v USA Basketball - Game 1 - ticketmaster.com.au
August, Sat 24, 2019
Boomers v USA Basketball - Game 2 - ticketmaster.com.au
Tickets go on sale July 2018.
COURT WILL BE A STRUCTURAL MARVEL
A BASKETBALL court weighing more than a Boeing 737-800 will be built over the Marvel Stadium surface and AFL matches moved for a historic series between Australia and Team USA.
Docklands will become a football-free zone in Round 23 to make way for a 45,000kg structure that will turn the AFL-owned ground into one of the world's biggest basketball stadiums.
Level one seats normally metres from the sidelines will be moved onto the arena and an elevated court built in the middle of the ground for the August showdown.
One of the key players behind the transformation of the Melbourne landmark jetted into town last week and told the Herald Sun that Victoria was set to stage a 'spectacular' .
Colonnade Group event development guru Brett Shelton transforms NFL stadiums in the US into giant college basketball venues and said the temporary facility to be built in Melbourne would be world class.
'It's going to be a great show and knowing how many seats are going to be around it I'm sure it'll be an incredible atmosphere,'' he said.
'It's a pretty historic thing to be a part of.''
It will take 15 people about 18 hours to lay an understructure shipped from Alabama for the hardwood floor alone, with the court to be built roughly 3m above the ground's playing surface.
Hawthorn's August 18 clash with Gold Coast will be the last AFL match of the year at Marvel, with work to transform the venue to start an hour after the final siren.
A combined crowd of up to 110,000 will then pack the venue for matches on August 22 and 24, where it is hoped the likes of US stars Steph Curry and LeBron James will take on Australia's best.
More than 90,000 tickets have already been sold.
This article is from the March 4, 2019 issue of The Herald Sun Digital Edition
When & Where
Date/s: Thursday 22nd August 2019 - Saturday 24th August 2019
Venue || Location
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⊜ Harbour Esplanade, Docklands | Map
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