The world-class National Basketball League (NBL) 2022 Blitz tournament is on its way to the Territory with tickets on sale from Friday.
Taking place in Darwin from 16-23 September, the first game in the fixture will be between the South East Melbourne and Adelaide 36ers, with 15 games happening over eight days.
The NBL Blitz is the only time of year when all 10 NBL teams converge in one location to prepare for the season ahead, which begins on 1 October. All the teams will take part in community engagement initiatives while in the Territory.
Having events like this in the Territory is good for local business, tourism and our Territory kids. Recently, the Territory Government announced a $100,000 Community Benefit Fund Grant for the Darwin Basketball Association to install a 344-seat portable grandstand.
Fans will have the chance to watch the biggest stars in Australian basketball on the court, including Bullets’ superstar Aron Baynes and a revamped Adelaide with Antonius Cleveland and Robert Franks out to flex their muscles. The Blitz is also a showcase of the sport’s future stars.
To secure your spot at the 2022 NBL Blitz, visit here
Quotes from Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles:
“Families no longer need to travel interstate to watch great sport, we are bringing the action right here to Darwin.
“But this isnt just about great basketball, this is about attracting the best events to the Territory, to attract visitors, support local business and grow our economy.
“The Territory has a wonderful basketball community and this event will help develop the game in the Territory and continue to highlight our passion at the sport’s highest level.
Quotes from Minister for Major Events, Paul Kirby:
“Basketball is booming in the Territory, with strong participation numbers and the impressive performance of the Darwin Salties in their inaugural NBL1 North season really fuelling the fire.
“The NBL Blitz will see an influx of people into the Territory, including not only the teams and their support crews, but also interstate fans using the match as a chance to enjoy a holiday here. We have 15 games taking place over eight days right here in Darwin, plus a 3×3 Pro
Hustle tournament. Combined with all our unique tourism experiences, people are in for the trip of a lifetime.
“The Blitz will also provide plenty of entertainment for Territorians, so grab your friends and family, and get out and enjoy elite sport right here in the Territory.”
Quotes from NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger:
“We’re thrilled to be heading to Darwin. The Territory is filled with passionate sporting fans who are eager to engage and connect with a professional sporting league, and they will be able to do that during the NBL Blitz.
“We thank the Northern Territory Government for their support of the Blitz. It is always a great carnival of basketball that offers the public the opportunity to get up close to the action and see every one of our 10 teams in full flight ahead of the rest of the country. As the pre-season tournament, we know tickets will be popular, so get in quick to reserve your seat!”
Northern Territory Government