The NBL’s pre-season Blitz is set to take place in late September, and will be hosted at the Townsville RSL Stadium. Conducted over six days, the preseason tournament will feature twelve games in total, two each day.
The Cairns Taipans will match up against the Perth Wildcats as part of the opening night act. The other opening game will see hometown favourites, Townsville Crocodiles play against reigning champions, the New Zealand Breakers.
The Blitz scoring system will dictate the winning team and MVP, with the Loggins-Bruton Cup awarded to the former, and the Ray Borner Medal, the latter.
Much like the last Blitz held in Queensland, the NBL promises plenty of entertainment for the fans.
“The NBL Blitz is set to provide something for everybody – we’re currently organising extra entertainment and activations for all fans attending, so everyone will know that the NBL is in town and want to be part of what we are doing,” NBL general manager, Jeremy Loeliger enthused.
Townsville Crocs general manager, Robert Honan has expressed confidence in local support for the upcoming event, and is looking forward to welcoming Australian basketball fans.
“We have worked closely with the Townsville Enterprise to ensure that local residents and tourists will have a fantastic basketball experience, and on top of competitive ticket prices to the NBL Blitz sessions there are a number of discounted accommodation packages for anyone travelling from out of town,” he said.
Blitz ticket pricing
Session tickets (two games each) will be priced at $20 for adults and $10 for concession.
A Blitz tournament pass allows access to all games with reserved seating, and is priced at $180.
Limited corporate tables are also available, from $500 per session (contact Caroline Bottrill).
Tickets are available at the Townsville TicketShop, available for immediate purchase.
NBL 2015 Blitz schedule of events
Wednesday 23rd September
Each session ticket consisting of two games each will be $20 for adults and $10 for concession, while a $180 Blitz tournament pass will grant access to all games with reserved seating for the entire schedule.
Opening night features last season’s NBL runners-up the Cairns Taipans take on the powerhouse Perth Wildcats, while the local Townsville favourites will take on reigning NBL Champions, the New Zealand Breakers.
Thursday 24th September
Thursday night will see the underdog Adelaide 36ers face the bolstered Sydney Kings, after an impressive Melbourne United squad takes on the intimidating Illawarra Hawks line-up.
Friday 25th September
The weekend will begin with the long-serving rivalry between the Breakers and the Wildcats, before an epic Reptile Rumble showdown between the Taipans and the Crocodiles on Friday night.
Saturday 26th September
Townsville will get a treat on Saturday morning, with a NSW derby between the Hawks and the Kings ahead of a fierce battle between Melbourne and Adelaide.
The Grand Final replay will be on Saturday night, with the Cairns Taipans facing the New Zealand Breakers for the first time since they lost in Game 2 last season, while the Townsville Crocodiles will have to protect home court over the Perth Wildcats.
Sunday 27th September
A capital city clash between Melbourne and Sydney will wake up fans on Sunday morning, with the Adelaide 36ers and Illawarra Hawks set to close proceedings ahead of the official Blitz awards ceremony.