FIBA, the world governing body for the sport of basketball, has today announced the Australian Boomers Asia Cup 2021 qualifier against Hong Kong, currently scheduled to take place in Hong Kong on Sunday 23 February, has been moved to Brisbane’s Nissan Arena and will take place on the same date at 12:30 pm (local).
Basketball supporters will now have the opportunity to see the defending Asia Cup champions, Australia, compete in two FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifying games inside four days. Prior to the switched Hong Kong fixture on Sunday 23 February, the Boomers will host trans-Tasman rivals the New Zealand Tall Blacks in their opening game of their FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifying campaign at Nissan Arena on Thursday 20 February at 6:30 pm (local).
FIBA has made the decision to change the schedule as a precautionary measure in light of the current coronavirus outbreak. Australia will now play Hong Kong away in February 2021 during the third window of qualifying.
The Boomers are competing in Group C alongside Hong Kong, Guam and New Zealand, with each team playing a home and away game during the qualifying phase. The qualifiers will be played across three windows set for February 2020, November 2020 and February 2021, with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the FIBA Asia Cup Finals in 2021.
The games in Brisbane will mark the first time the Australian Boomers have played since narrowly missing out on a medal at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. While NBA and European based players won’t be available for the games nor players competing in the pending NBL Final Series, fans in Brisbane will get to see some of Australia and New Zealand’s best homegrown basketball talent on display.
The Boomers team for these two games in Brisbane will be announced once the composition of the NBL Final Four is confirmed.
Ticketing Details for Australia vs Hong Kong on Sunday 23 February Tickets start from $10 children, $20 adults, $40 family of four and $99 for courtside seats.
Tickets for both Boomers games at Nissan Arena are available now from Ticketek.
The Australian Boomers FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers Schedule:
20 February 2020: Australia vs New Zealand, Nissan Arena Brisbane, 6.30 pm (local)
23 February 2020: Australia vs Hong Kong, Nissan Arena Brisbane, 12.30 pm (local)
27 November 2020: Guam vs Australia, TBC
30 November 2020: New Zealand vs Australia, TBC
18 February 2021: Hong Kong v Australia, Hong Kong (TBC)
30 November 2021: Australia vs Guam, TBC
*Ticket purchasers should note that final team selection is subject to change for reasons including player availability and injury.