Denver, Indiana To Play in Seventh Regular-Season NBA Game in London
The NBA and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) announced that NBA Global Games London 2017 will feature the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers traveling to London for a regular-season game at The O2 on Jan. 12, 2017. The announcement was made via Facebook Live from the NBA’s European headquarters in London with Nuggets guard Gary Harris in attendance. The team logos were revealed in a specially commissioned piece of street art in Stockwell, London.
Tickets for the game will go on sale at the beginning of the 2016-17 NBA season. Fans in the U.K. will be able to watch the game live on BT Sport, while fans in Europe will be able to view it through the NBA’s official local broadcast partners.
“We are thrilled to return for our seventh regular-season game in London,” says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “With almost 25 percent of players in the NBA born outside of the United States, we are seeing firsthand the global growth of our game, which has never been more popular in the U.K.”
The Nuggets’ roster currently features Danilo Gallinari (Italy), who led the team in scoring last season with a career-high 19.5 points per game, and 2014 FIBA World Cup gold medalist Kenneth Faried (U.S.). The Pacers are currently led by three-time NBA All-Star and 2016 USA Basketball team member Paul George (U.S.) and 2015 NBA All-Star Jeff Teague (U.S.).
“We look forward to welcoming the Nuggets and Pacers in January for what is sure to be a memorable regular-season game that fans in the U.K. and throughout Europe will enjoy,” says NBA EMEA SVP and Managing Director Benjamin Morel. “Surrounding the game, the NBA will also host interactive activities for fans and social responsibility initiatives to impact the local community, continuing our efforts to grow basketball across the region.”
The game will mark both teams’ first trip to the U.K. and the league’s seventh regular-season game in London.
In addition to the on-court action, NBA Global Games London 2017 will feature a variety of interactive fan activities, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives and Jr. NBA basketball programs that will bring the NBA experience to fans in London.
Fans in the U.K. can find more NBA information at GiveMeSport.com/NBA, the league’s official online destination in the U.K., and on Facebook (NBA UK) and Twitter (@NBAUK). Fans can also purchase all the latest Nuggets and Pacers merchandise at www.NBAStore.eu.
“We are very excited to be hosting the seventh regular-season NBA game at The O2,” says SVP of AEG Sports Matthieu Van Veen. “The annual regular-season game in London has become a major fixture in the European basketball calendar, and we are proud to offer fans in Europe another spectacular NBA experience, as we welcome the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers to the world’s most popular venue.”