The National Basketball League season-opener scheduled for Bendigo Stadium this Sunday has been postponed.
The NBL announced on Wednesday morning that the Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix clash has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 31 at 3pm.
The league has revised its schedule because of the COVID-19 outbreaks in both New South Wales and Victoria,
All patrons who had purchased a ticket to the game on January 10 will have their tickets honoured, with the digital tickets automatically updated by Ticketek to the correct date. Anyone who can no longer attend due to the new date, is able to request a full refund.
Melbourne United's second home game of the season, originally set to be played at Bendigo Stadium on Friday, January 15, has also been rescheduled and a new date for this game shall be announced in the coming weeks.
It's expected Bendigo Stadium will retain its third Melbourne United home game, originally scheduled for February 7.
"We apologise for any inconvenience that the shift in scheduling has caused, but like all events of this nature we are subject to the ever-changing and unpredictable COVID-19 landscape," Melbourne United's CEO Vince Crivelli said:
"We will work with all of our stakeholders to work through all of the relevant challenges that relate to the postponement of the game, but we look forward to playing in front of our fans in Bendigo on the 31st of January.
"We thank everyone for their ongoing support and patience, and we look forward to the season getting underway."
The NBL season schedule will be released on a rolling basis so that the league may respond to prevailing conditions.
The opening round schedule is now:
Friday, January 15 - Cairns Taipans v The Hawks, Cairns Pop-Up Arena, 7.30pm.
Perth Wildcats v Melbourne United, RAC Arena, 9.30pm.
Saturday, January 16 - Adelaide 36ers v South East Melbourne Phoenix, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 5.30pm.
Brisbane Bullets v Sydney Kings, Nissan Arena, 8pm.
Sunday, January 17 - Cairns Taipans v The Hawks, Cairns Pop-Up Arena, 3pm.
Perth Wildcats v SKY Sport New Zealand Breakers, RAC Arena, 5pm.
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