Basketball to descend on Perth for first-ever HoopsFest

May 24, 2024 | Sydney Flames news

Western Australia is set to deliver the ultimate fusion of basketball, music, culture, entertainment and style at HoopsFest – a celebration like no other.

A first of its kind, the multi-day extravaganza, from September 19 to 22,  promises to be an unforgettable festival featuring all NBL and WNBL teams together in the same place at the same time for round one of the NBL Season, a Cygnett WNBL tournament, the Foot Locker under 18 Australian Club Championships, an interactive fan zone, the world-famous Sneakerland exhibition, as well as music, food and loads of other entertainment.

The four-day festival will see the Sydney Kings take on the Adelaide 36ers on Sunday, September 22 (from 2:30pm AEST) at RAC Arena – in an additional 29th game of the NBL25 season for competition points.


The weekend will also see fellow Hoops Capital club, the Sydney Flames, take on both the Perth Lynx on Thursday, September 19 (tipping off at 6pm AEST at RAC Arena) and Adelaide Lightning on Friday, September 20 (from 7pm AEST at Bendat Basketball Stadium) in pre-season fixtures.

This will mark the first time in history an event of this magnitude has run in this country.

“HoopsFest is the first of its kind and is set to be the biggest and best weekend in the sport’s history, and we are thrilled to bring it to life for the first time in Perth,” NBL CEO David Stevenson said.

“HoopsFest will have a significant impact well beyond the court.

“Attendees will enjoy a variety of entertainment throughout Perth, including an interactive fan zone, community engagements, live music, a new and exciting match-day experience that is different to a regular match, and more. It will be an unforgettable experience and it’s guaranteed to create lifelong memories for all that attend.

“The power of basketball will be on display at HoopsFest, helping foster an unmatched atmosphere that only our sport can generate when all elements of the game are united.

“In just one day, fans will be able to cheer on their favourite NBL and WNBL teams, meet their heroes at the fan zone, look at some of the world’s rarest and sought-after shoes at Sneakerland, and become immersed in the world of basketball.”


Fans can pre-register their interest for tickets now here, with pre-sale tickets, at the best rate, to the basketball family on sale from Friday, May 31, and general public tickets on sale from Tuesday, June 4.

“Tickets are sure to go fast, so we encourage all fans to pre-register their interest to ensure they don’t miss out on an extraordinary weekend,” Stevenson said.

It will be a basketball bonanza in Perth, with 13 NBL and WNBL games, and 140 under 18 Australian Club Championship games, to be played across the blockbuster schedule.

“I’ve always been a believer in the power of unity and collaboration, and it’s been a major goal of ours to bring the entire basketball community together,” Stevenson said.


“I want to thank the Western Australian Government and Tourism WA for their wonderful support in helping us make that dream a reality and we will create basketball history.

“That gratitude also extends to Basketball Australia CEO Matt Scriven, who has played a significant role in bringing HoopsFest to life.”

HOOPFEST SCHEDULE (NBL round one and WNBL tournament)

Thursday, September 19

(WNBL) Perth Lynx vs Sydney Flames, 6pm AEST at RAC Arena.

(NBL) Melbourne United vs Tasmania JackJumpers, 8:30pm AEST at RAC Arena.

(WNBL) Bendigo Spirit vs Canberra Capitals, 7pm AEST at Bendat Basketball Stadium.

(WNBL) Townsville Fire vs Geelong United, 9:30pm AEST at Bendat Basketball Stadium.

Friday, September 20

(WNBL) Southside Flyers vs Perth Lynx, 6pm AEST at RAC Arena

(NBL) Perth Wildcats vs South East Melbourne Phoenix, 8:30pm AEST at RAC Arena.

(WNBL) Sydney Flames vs Adelaide Lightning, 7pm AEST at Bendat Basketball Stadium.

(WNBL) Bendigo Spirit vs Townsville Fire, 9:30pm AEST at Bendat Basketball Stadium.

Saturday, September 21

(NBL) New Zealand Breakers vs Brisbane Bullets, 6pm AEST at HBF Stadium.

(NBL) Cairns Taipans vs Illawarra Hawks, 8:30pm AEST at HBF Stadium.

(WNBL) Adelaide Lightning vs Southside Flyers, 7pm AEST at Bendat Basketball Stadium.

(WNBL) Canberra Capitals vs Geelong United, 9:30pm AEST at Bendat Basketball Stadium.

Sunday, September 22

(NBL) Adelaide 36ers vs Sydney Kings, 2:30pm AEST at RAC Arena.

Stay up to date with all the harbour city club’s off-season news here.