The New Zealand Breakers will play a home game outside Launceston later this season as their nomads NBL existence continues.
The Breakers have been in Australia since late last year. They were first based in Melbourne before moving to Hobart, and then returned to Melbourne for the ongoing NBL Cup.
It is hoped the COVID-19 restrictions will ease and they will be able to return to play in New Zealand later this season, but in the meantime Launceston’s Silverdome will be home to up to six games from next month.
The Tasmanian government will invest $ 750,000 to cover operational costs and game days, as well as invest in new permanent infrastructure prior to the arrival of the NBL Tasmanian JackJumpers in 2022.
The Breakers will be involved in clinical and development programs with Basketball Tasmania during their stay in Launceston, in a timely initiative as the state’s push for its own AFL team remains in the headlines.
“Australia recognizes Tasmania’s potential as a player in the national sporting scene and this is another important marker in our plans to secure an elite sport that provides multiple economic and social benefits,” said Tasmanian Prime Minister Peter Gutwein.
NBL boss Larry Kestelman thanked the Breakers for their continued efforts to ensure the season continues and celebrates its step forward into the league’s newest market.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase NBL in Tasmania ahead of the arrival of the JackJumpers next season,” he said.
“We have always said we want basketball to be the number one sport in Tasmania and we thank the prime minister and the Tasmanian government for bringing NBL games to Tasmania this season.”
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