Requests for tickets to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, including for the men’s and women’s basketball events, are opened to sports fans from 12 noon on 24 April 2017 (AEST).
Commencing from 5 April 2018, the men’s and women’s basketball preliminaries will be hosted in North Queensland, with the men playing at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre, with the women playing out of the Cairns Convention Centre. On 13 April 2018, the semifinals will be played back down the coast in South Queensland, with the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre hosting the medal rounds.
Before the field of competition is finalised, basketball fans can request up to 10 tickets per person, with prices starting $15 for children and $30 for adults for the preliminary rounds. The finals see a two-tiered pricing structure introduced, with Category A pricing topping the scales at a flat $80 for the medal games.
Ticket requests close on 22 May, with confirmation of those who have been successful in securing ticket requests to be notified via email in late June according to the official website. All remaining tickets will then go on sale to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis, on a yet to be confirmed date in early July. All tickets purchased will then be distributed in January 2018 onward.
Australia’s men and women will enter the Games as the highest world ranked teams, with the Boomers at #10 despite their fourth placing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and the Opals at #4 according to FIBA.com. New Zealand at #20, Great Britain at #22 and Canada at #24 are the next best ranked teams in the men. However Great Britain competing as a collective would not turn into reality given the nature of the event. In the women’s competition, #6 ranked Canada is likely to pose a serious threat, with African nation Mozambique next best at #26 (Great Britain is #21). New Zealand’s Tall Ferns are currently ranked #38.
Basketball Australia are set to send ‘Emerging’ teams to the Commonwealth Games. The event clashes with the NBA and European seasons which would be nearing the playoffs, while preparations for the WNBA season would be reaching fever pitch. The conflicting schedules therefore paves the way for the next generation of Boomers and Opals to make their mark and to pull on the green and gold. While many of Australia’s top-level talent will be absent, they will not be alone, as every nation will be impacted in a similar fashion.
However as has been shown over the years, a clash between Australia and New Zealand is always a must-see event.
Request Tickets (from 12 noon on 24 April 2017 AEST)