2 July 2022
The National Basketball League (NBL) Blitz tournament is heading to Darwin for the first time later this year, with all 10 NBL teams set to take part in the event, which will take place in mid-September.
Combined, the teams will play a total of 15 games during the pre-season tournament, which is famous for showcasing the skills of future stars of the sport, as well as the biggest stars in Australian basketball.
The NBL Blitz is special as it is the only time of the year when all 10 NBL teams converge in one location to prepare for the season ahead. All the teams will take part in community engagement initiatives while in the Territory.
The NBL Blitz returns in its original format after two years of COVID disruptions.
As part of the eight day event, there will also be a 3×3 Pro Hustle tournament at Darwin Waterfront. Details about tickets, the schedule and broadcast details will be confirmed nearer the time.
Quotes from Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles
“This is a huge win for the Territory, one that means Territorians will be able to watch some of the best basketballers in the country, live and right here at home.
“This major international event will also boost visitor numbers to the Territory in the form of players, support crews and travelling fans, which is also great news for our tourism and hospitality sectors.”
Quotes from Minister for Major Events, Paul Kirby
“I am so proud that we have secured the NBL Blitz for the Territory – providing the chance for our local up-and-coming basketballers to meet their sporting heroes, right here in Darwin.
“We thank the NBL for choosing the Territory, opening the door to future opportunities as a result of a strengthened relationship with the Territory Government.”
Quotes from NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger
“We are absolutely delighted to be going to Darwin for the NBL Blitz. Darwin is a city filled with passionate sporting fans who are eager to engage and connect with a professional sporting league and they will get to do that during the NBL Blitz.
“Basketball is booming in the Northern Territory with strong participation numbers and the impressive performances of the Darwin Salties in their inaugural NBL1 North season. We thank the Northern Territory Government for helping to bring the NBL Blitz to Darwin.”
Northern Territory Government