Why is the 2020 Chemist Warehouse WNBL 2020 season being played in North Queensland?

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the interstate travel restrictions residents of Victoria in particular are currently experiencing, in order for a season to be able to go ahead, the decision was made to host the season out of one centralised location.

North Queensland provided an opportunity for the league to connect to the local community in ways that haven’t been possible previously, by playing games in Mackay and Cairns, along with Townsville where the Townsville Fire are based.

When will a season fixture be released? 

The 2020 Chemist Warehouse WNBL season fixture has been released and can be viewed by clicking here.

When does the WNBL season start and end? 

The current format of the season would commence mid-November and conclude just prior to Christmas 2020, making the season just under six weeks in length.

What does that mean for members of non-Queensland teams?

The WNBL has been working closely with non-Queensland based teams to offer additional benefits within memberships which otherwise would have included tickets to attend matches locally. Please contact your team directly to enquire as to what membership packages and inclusions are available, as these differ from team to team.

What will the finals series look like?

Due to the shortened format of the season, the finals series will be a four-game series. The top four teams on the ladder at the conclusion of the regular season qualify for the finals series.

In the first week of the finals series, the 1st ranked team hosts the 2nd ranked team in the major semi-final (with the winner of that match to qualify for the Grand Final) and the 3rd ranked team hosts the 4th ranked team in the minor semi-final (with the loser of that match eliminated). The loser of the major semi-final then hosts the winner of the minor semi-final in the preliminary final. The winner of the major semi-final then hosts the winner of the preliminary final in the Grand Final.

Further information regarding finals series will be released closer to the time.

What games will be broadcast? 

The WNBL has secured a landmark broadcast deal which will see all 60 games of the 2020 season available LIVE across Australia.

To see a list of games and where they will be broadcast view the fixture by clicking here.

Where will the games be broadcast? 

Fox Sports will broadcast LIVE four games per week (7.00pm AEDT Thursday, 5.00pm AEDT Saturday, 1.00pm AEDT Sunday and 3.00pm AEDT Sunday) on Foxtel and Kayo, with the ABC simulcasting on both their primary channel and ABC iview the 5.00pm Saturday and 3.00pm Sunday games.

In addition to streaming the games that will be broadcast on Foxtel, Kayo will also stream LIVE all remaining games of the 2020 season which will involve multi-camera and expert commentary.

To see a list of games and where they will be broadcast view the fixture by clicking here.

Will I be able to attend games?

Yes, all WNBL games will be open for ticketed paid attendance however COVID capacity restrictions will limit the number of tickets available for each game.

Please note, interstate travel into Queensland is currently limited by Government restrictions, so attendance from non-Queensland based fans may be subject to quarantine requirements. Please check Government websites for information prior to purchasing tickets if you are based outside of Queensland.

When do tickets go on sale? 

Tickets are now on sale (as of 1pm AEST / 2pm AEDT Thursday 29 October 2020).

Please note, tickets for finals series games will not be available until playing teams are known at conclusion of regular rounds.

Will all games be ticketed?

Yes! All games will be available for limited capacity attendance pending COVID restrictions in line with Queensland Government. Head to our ticket information page for details.

Where can we get tickets?

For ticketing purchases head to the following links, noting that each location has their own ticketing platform. For all ticketing head to wnbl.basketball/tickets

Again, due to limited capacity and expected demand, to attend game days featuring the JCU Townsville Fire at Townsville Stadium, fans will need to enquire with JCU Townsville Fire regarding membership options in the first instance. For games at Townsville Stadium that do not feature the JCU Townsville Fire, general admission tickets will be available to purchase.

What about finals tickets?

Information on the WNBL Finals Series ticketing will be released at a later date.

How much will regular season tickets cost?

Tickets will vary depending on location but are laid out below:

  Adult Concession Child Family
Cairns Pop-Up Arena  $          19.50  $         16.80  $    12.00  $    54.60
McDonald’s Mackay Multi-Sport Stadium  $          20.00  $         16.50  $    11.00  $    43.00
Townsville Stadium*  $          25.00  $         21.00  $    15.00  $    62.00
*For Townsville Stadium, tickets subject to $4.95/transaction service and handling fee

What does a family ticket include?

Family ticketing is subject to venue ticketing. Please refer to the relevant ticketing agent for more information by following the links at wnbl.basketball/tickets

Will I be able to buy Chemist Warehouse 2020 WNBL season merchandise?

You certainly can! Head on over to our WNBL shop.

Who has my team signed during off-season?

You can track all player movements from this very exciting Free Agency period by heading to our Player Movement Tracker.

What protocols will be in place to ensure the WNBL season is COVIDSafe?

The WNBL will be working to strict State Government regulations and ensuring we meet the Return to Basketball Guidelines. Every step will be taken to ensure the safety of both the players, staff, volunteers and of course, our fans and the general public.