It’s the NBL’s biggest show – the inaugural NBL Cup! With all 9 teams in attendance, 36 games in total and one ultimate winner!
The inaugural NBL Cup will tip-off in Melbourne tomorrow, February 20, with all general admission tickets for the event to be priced at $10 as a thank you to the people of Victoria.
The Hungry Jack’s NBL today confirmed the three week basketball extravaganza will proceed as planned with a blockbuster doubleheader of Melbourne United v Perth Wildcats and Cairns Taipans v Illawarra Hawks to open the NBL Cup at John Cain Arena.
The NBL Cup will feature all nine teams in 18 doubleheaders at John Cain Arena and the State Basketball Centre with fans able to enjoy two games of world class basketball on the one ticket for just $10.
Total prizemoney of $300,000 will be up for grabs and all games will count towards the inaugural NBL Cup as well as the 2020-21 Hungry Jack’s NBL season.
NBL Owner and Executive Chairman Larry Kestelman said: “We have decided to make this special $10 ticket offer for all 18 doubleheaders as a thank you to the people of Victoria.
“It’s been a challenging past 12 months for everyone and we want all sports fans, particularly those who’ve not attended an NBL game before, to come and enjoy world class basketball and entertainment. Hopefully we can help continue Victoria’s recovery over the next few weeks.
“The NBL Cup is a truly unique event that will showcase one of the world’s best basketball leagues and provide great live entertainment between the end of the Australian Open and start of the AFL season.
“Most importantly, it will provide fantastic value for families who can watch two games featuring the biggest stars of the league for just $10 a ticket.”
Existing general admission ticket holders will be contacted by Ticketek and will receive additional tickets to the value of the difference between the initial purchase price and the new price of $10 for use on other NBL Cup games. For example, if they purchased a seat at $40 they will receive three additional tickets to their initially purchased seat.
Tickets for the NBL Cup can be purchased at nblcup.com.au and $10 tickets will be available from 12pm today.
NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said: “We are very grateful for the support of the Victorian Government in helping to bring the NBL Cup to one of the best sporting precincts anywhere in the world in Melbourne.
“We will have a capacity of 5,000 fans at John Cain Arena and 2,600 fans at the State Basketball Centre but we are planning to proceed with all games as scheduled and the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans will remain our number one priority with strict COVID safe protocols in place.”
All 36 games played for the NBL Cup will count towards the teams’ overall season record in accordance with standard ladder methodology.
The winner of the NBL Cup will be determined by a separate ladder with three points to be awarded for a win and an extra point awarded for each quarter won across the 36 games held.
Every team will play each other once and the team with the most points at the end of the 36 games will be awarded the NBL Cup and $150,000 in prizemoney. The runner-up will receive $100,000 and third place $50,000.
At the completion of the NBL Cup, clubs will return to their respective home venues and complete the remainder of the NBL home and away season.