MUMBAI — The Indiana Pacers will take part in two exhibition games in India next year — the first games staged in that country by a North American sports league.
The NBA India Games 2019 will take place Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5 at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai. The announcement was made Thursday in Mumbai by NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum and NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco.
"We are thrilled to be one of the first two teams to play the first-ever game in India and proud to be part of the expanding NBA worldwide footprint of our game of basketball," Herbert Simon, Pacers owner, said.
Tickets to the games will go on sale at a later date. Fans can register interest for information and tickets here.
In addition to the games, the NBA and its partners will conduct interactive fan activities, Jr. NBA youth basketball programming and NBA Cares community outreach events that will bring the NBA experience to fans in Mumbai.
"Our inaugural NBA India Games will help further untap the enormous basketball potential in a country with a thriving sports culture and a growing, young and engaged population," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. "We thank the Kings and Pacers organizations for participating in this historic event."
Since 2006, more than 35 current and former NBA and WNBA players have visited India on behalf of the league. The NBA office in Mumbai opened in 2011.
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