Slam dunk! Perth welcomes Australia’s largest basketball festival

  • Perth to host Australia’s largest basketball festival
  • Inaugural HoopsFest to take place in sporting venues across the city
  • Includes 2024-25 Australian National Basketball League season opening round
  • Supported by the Western Australian Government

It’s a slam dunk for Perth, with the city being confirmed as the host of the inaugural HoopsFest event, Australia’s largest basketball festival.

Over four days from 19 to 22 September 2024, Perth will exclusively host all matches of the opening round of the 2024-25 Australian National Basketball League (NBL) season, the preseason competition for the Women’s NBL, plus the Under 18s Club Championships involving the best 48 teams from around Australia.

Matches will be held across RAC Arena, HBF Stadium, Bendat Basketball Centre and HBF Arena.

Basketball fans can also look forward to supporting events such as Sneakerland, Australia’s largest sneaker culture festival, plus the official HoopsFest Fan Festival at Forrest Place including music, entertainment, street basketball and more.

HoopsFest is expected to attract thousands of out-of-state visitors to Western Australia, providing a significant boost to WA’s tourism and hospitality industry, and also drive significant impact.

The event builds on WA’s reputation as a major events destination, and follows other exclusive blockbusters held this year including the United Cup, HSBC Rugby SVNS, and WWE Elimination Chamber: Perth.

Tickets and further information available at https://nbl.com.au/

As stated by Tourism Minister Rita Saffioti:

“Western Australia has a long, proud and successful basketball history with the Perth Wildcats and Perth Lynx, so we’re very excited to be hosting this inaugural event.

“It’s yet another opportunity to showcase Western Australia as an incredible tourism destination and a leading host of major events.

“We of course know the huge benefits hosting events like this bring to our State, attracting thousands of out of-state visitors, injecting millions of dollars into our local economy and creating a fantastic atmosphere for our local community.”

As stated by Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman:

“Western Australians love their basketball, so this announcement is a huge win for our community and I have no doubt we’ll see plenty of locals turning out to show their support for this fantastic event.

“Hosting HoopsFest in Perth not only highlights Western Australia’s impressive tourism and sports infrastructure but also positions our State as a premier destination for major sporting events.”

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