Melbourne United will strengthen the pulse of the city’s sporting heart by making Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena their home venues.
CEO of Melbourne and Olympic Parks, Brian Morris, said the long-term partnership would secure the precinct as the home of Melbourne United.
“Melbourne United is set to draw a loyal following here at Hisense Arena,” Mr Morris said.
“We’re pleased to confirm the majority of the 2014-15 games are locked in at this venue”, he added.
The decision to play eight games at Hisense Arena and four games at Margaret Court Arena, the city’s newest stadium, puts United and its fans and members in Melbourne’s best facilities.
“The focus of major Melbourne sport is the Melbourne and Olympic Park precinct and that is where United, the NBL and basketball belongs in this city,” Melbourne United CEO Vince Crivelli said.
“We are excited and cannot wait to play at Margaret Court Arena, which means the NBL’s newest team will be playing in the NBL’s newest venue”, he said.
The historic first NBL game for Melbourne United will be at Hisense Arena against the Cairns Taipans on October 12, while Margaret Court Arena makes its NBL debut on November 12, also against the Taipans.
MELBOURNE UNITED 2014-15 HOME GAMES
October 12: v Cairns Taipans (Hisense Arena)
October 19: v New Zealand Breakers (Hisense Arena)
November 2: v Wollongong Hawks (Hisense Arena)
November 12: v Cairns Taipans (Margaret Court Arena)
November 23: v Perth Wildcats (Hisense Arena)
November 27: v Adelaide 36ers (Hisense Arena)
December 7: v Townsville Crocodiles (Margaret Court Arena)
December 14: v New Zealand Breakers (Hisense Arena)
December 21: v Sydney Kings (Margaret Court Arena)
December 28: v Perth Wildcats (Hisense Arena)
January 10: v Adelaide 36ers (SNHC)
January 25: v Townsville Crocodiles (SNHC)
February 7: v Wollongong Hawks (Margaret Court Arena)
February 22: v Sydney Kings (Hisense Arena)