LONDON – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) announced today that NBA Global Games London 2017 will feature the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers traveling to London for a regular-season game at The O2 on Jan. 12, 2017. The announcement was made via Facebook Live from the NBA’s European headquarters in London with Nuggets guard Gary Harris in attendance. The team logos were revealed in a specially commissioned piece of street art in Stockwell, London.
Tickets for the game will go on sale at the beginning of the 2016-17 NBA season. Fans in the U.K. will be able to watch the game live on BT Sport, while fans in Europe will be able to view it through the NBA’s official local broadcast partners.
The Nuggets’ roster currently features Danilo Gallinari (Italy), who led the team in scoring last season with a career-high 19.5 points per game, and 2014 FIBA World Cup gold medalist Kenneth Faried (U.S.). The Pacers are currently led by three-time NBA All-Star and 2016 USA Basketball team member Paul George (U.S.) and 2015 NBA All-Star Jeff Teague (U.S.).
The game will mark both teams’ first trip to the U.K. and the league’s seventh regular-season game in London.
In addition to the oncourt action, NBA Global Games London 2017 will feature a variety of interactive fan activities, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives and Jr. NBA basketball programs that will bring the NBA experience to fans in London.
Fans in the U.K. can find more NBA information at GiveMeSport.com/NBA, the league’s official online destination in the U.K., and on Facebook (NBA UK) and Twitter (@NBAUK). Fans can also purchase all the latest Nuggets and Pacers merchandise at www.NBAStore.eu.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: “We are thrilled to return for our seventh regular-season game in London. With almost 25 percent of players in the NBA born outside of the United States, we are seeing firsthand the global growth of our game, which has never been more popular in the U.K.”
NBA EMEA Senior Vice President and Managing Director Benjamin Morel: “We look forward to welcoming the Nuggets and Pacers in January for what is sure to be a memorable regular-season game that fans in the U.K. and throughout Europe will enjoy. Surrounding the game, the NBA will also host interactive activities for fans and social responsibility initiatives to impact the local community, continuing our efforts to grow basketball across the region.”
Senior Vice President of AEG Sports Matthieu Van Veen: “We are very excited to be hosting the seventh regular-season NBA game at The O2. The annual regular-season game in London has become a major fixture in the European basketball calendar, and we are proud to offer fans in Europe another spectacular NBA experience, as we welcome the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers to the world’s most popular venue.”
Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari: “It will be a true honor and a great experience to represent both the Nuggets and the NBA in London as part of the NBA Global Games in 2017. Our entire team and organization are looking forward to this opportunity to showcase our league to fans overseas.”
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George: “I’m really excited and thankful the NBA is allowing us to reach out to our fans in London. 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.”
About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. The league has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2015-16 season featured 100 international players from 37 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA.com and the NBA app, which achieved record traffic during the 2014-15 season, as well as NBA TV. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with more than one billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.
About The O2
The O2 is the world’s most popular music and entertainment venue. Since opening in 2007, it has been visited by more than 60 million people and picked up awards including: Venue of the Year at the Music Week Awards, Venue of the Year at the Event Awards, Venue of the Year at the AEO Awards, Pollstar International Arena of the Year (nine consecutive years), Venue Team of the Year at the Event Awards, Best New Major Concert Venue, Venue of the Year at The Event Services Association and Favourite Venue at the TPI Awards.
In addition to the arena, The O2 is also home to indigo at The O2, a live performance space; an 11-screen Cineworld complex; Up at The O2 – an experience that allows visitors to walk across the roof of The O2; Brooklyn Bowl – a 12-lane bowling alley, 800 capacity live music space and 130 cover restaurant, and The Avenue, which features 26 bars and restaurants.