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Perth Wildcats to open new venue with record crowd
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 05:04:00 AM
The Perth Wildcats National Basketball League team will tonight set a new club attendance record when they host traditional rivals the Adelaide 36ers for their first-ever home game at the new Perth Arena.

All 12,000 tickets for the Wildcats’ first-ever game at the state of the art arena in Perth’s CBD have already been snapped up - ensuring the club will smash the existing attendance record for Perth of 8,501 set on 17 January 2004 against the Melbourne Tigers at Burswood.

  The game will also be the largest crowd of any venue in the iiNet NBL Championship since 26 November 2004.

  Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally said the public’s enthusiastic response to Perth’s move to a new arena-style stadium was a sign of the continuing growth of Australian basketball.

“The Perth Wildcats have made a bold move by moving to a 12,000-seat stadium and the public is clearly supportive of that decision,” Ms Keneally said.

"To sell-out their first home game at Perth Arena is a remarkable achievement for the Wildcats, as is securing over 7,000 season ticket holders this year.

"That strong community support is a ringing endorsement of the Perth Wildcats and reflects basketball’s growing momentum.

" Perth Wildcats Managing Director Nick Marvin said the success of the move to the new arena showed how passionate Western Australians are about their NBL team.

“Today’s milestone reflects the love the people of WA have for the Perth Wildcats,” said Mr Marvin.

“It is the result of the legends that have gone before us who really set the benchmark - not just in sport but in being good role models.

Our time at the PEC was about creating lasting memories.

With hard work and dedication we hope to continue to do so now that we have been blessed with a world-class Arena in the heart of the city.

” This week, three of the four games in the iiNet NBL Championship will be held in larger arena style venues, with games at Hisense Arena in Melbourne and Vector Arena in Auckland.

There will also be two games covered live on free-to-air television - the first ever game at Perth Arena between the Wildcats and Adelaide on Friday, as well as NBA star Jonny Flynn and the Melbourne Tigers hosting Ben Madgen’s Sydney Kings at Hisense Arena on Sunday.

  TV coverage of the Perth-Adelaide game will be at 9:30PM on ONE in all markets, including live into NSW and Victoria.

  Sunday’s Sydney-Melbourne game will be live on TEN at 2:00PM in all markets (live in NSW and Vic.

) All games will be broadcast on the NBL’s digital platform, NBL.

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