Pacers to Play Regular Season Game in London
INDIANAPOLIS – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) announced Thursday that the Indiana Pacers will travel to London, England to face the Denver Nuggets for a regular season game to be played at The O2 on January 12, 2017.
NBA Global Games London 2017 will be the first time the Pacers have travelled overseas for a regular season game. They have previously played preseason games in China, Philippines, Taiwan, Germany and Spain.
"The Indiana Pacers are excited and really look forward to playing in London," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "It's not only exciting for our players, but our franchise. It's a great opportunity for more NBA exposure overseas and we’re very pleased for the Pacers to be part of that exposure."
The trip marks the second time in a four month span that two of Indianapolis' major league sports teams will play games in London. The Indianapolis Colts will travel to London on October 2 for a regular season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.
"It's a great honor to be selected by the NBA to play in NBA Global Games London this upcoming season," said Pacers President/Chief Operating Officer Rick Fuson. "With both the Pacers and Colts playing in London within a matter of months, it's great exposure not only for each team on their own; but a chance to share Indianapolis' and Indiana's passion for our pro sports teams on an international stage."
The game will be designated as a home game for the Nuggets. Tickets for the game will go on sale at the beginning of the 2016-17 NBA season.
"I'm really excited and thankful the NBA is allowing us to reach out to our fans in London," said Pacers three-time All-Star Paul George. "This is great exposure for our team and our franchise. I think it will be a great experience for us and the fans in attendance."
In addition to the on-court action, NBA Global Games London 2017 will feature a variety of interactive fan activities, NBA Cares community events and the Jr. NBA community programs that will bring the NBA experience to fans in London.