Tickets For USA Men's National Team Games In Las Vegas And New York Go On Sale June 5
-- Tickets To August 1 USA Basketball Showcase In Las Vegas, And USA Exhibitions In New York Versus Dominican Republic And Puerto Rico To Go On Sale June 5 --
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Tickets for the Aug. 1 USA Basketball Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada, and for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team exhibition games at Madison Square Garden in New York City versus Dominican Republic on Aug. 20 and Puerto Rico on Aug. 22, will go on sale on June 5, USA Basketball, Las Vegas Events and Madison Square Garden today announced.
Tickets for the Aug. 1 USA Basketball Showcase that will feature a Blue-White intrasquad exhibition game between members of the USA Men’s National Team at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, will go on sale at 10 a.m. (PDT) on June 5. Tickets for the 2014 USA Basketball Showcase start at $10, and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS or online at www.UNLVtickets.com.
Tickets for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team exhibition games at Madison Square Garden versus Dominican Republic on Aug. 20 and Puerto Rico on Aug. 22 will go on sale at 10 a.m. (EDT) on June 5. Tickets start at $15 and are available by calling 800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com/usab.
The USA National Team roster will consist of players selected from the 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team roster that currently features 28 top NBA players.
“We are delighted to again open the USA Men’s National Team training camp in Las Vegas. Our initial training is always critical and following our four practices we will conclude this year’s Las Vegas camp with the USA Basketball Showcase. This summer’s Showcase will be a Blue-White intrasquad game, which as we’ve seen in past years is a high energy and extremely entertaining game,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman.
“We also look forward to continuing our preparations for the FIBA World Cup by playing a pair of exhibition games in historic Madison Square Garden. These games will provide a special opportunity for basketball fans in New York City and the surrounding metropolitan areas to see the USA Men’s National Team in action against two excellent international opponents,” added Colangelo.
"Las Vegas is proud once again to serve as the training camp for the USA Basketball Men's National Team,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. “Fans in Las Vegas and around the country will have the opportunity to see an outstanding group of players take part in a competitive game, as preparations begin for the FIBA World Cup.”
“Madison Square Garden is honored once again to host the USA Basketball Men’s National Team as they face the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in August,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports. “We welcome many of the top players in the world to the fully transformed arena, and look forward to hosting this showcase event for New York’s passionate basketball fans.”
The USA National Team will open its 2014 tour with a July 28-Aug. 1 training camp in Las Vegas that concludes with the team’s first exhibition game of the 2014 National Team tour on Friday, Aug. 1 (6 p.m. local time) at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.
Following the USA’s training and exhibition contest in Las Vegas, the USA will break for 12 days before reassembling in Chicago, Illinois, to train Aug. 14-15 and then play an exhibition contest versus Brazil at the United Center on August 16.
The USA men will continue their World Cup preparations Aug. 17-22 in New York City. The USA’s training will include a practice Aug. 18 at the United States Military Academy as part of USA Basketball’s ongoing Hoops for Troops program. On Aug. 20 the Americans will play Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden. The USA men will also square off against Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 22.
The USA National Team will conclude its tour with training Aug. 24-25 and an exhibition game versus Slovenia on Aug. 26 in Gran Canaria, Spain.
“The 2014 USA National Team tour will offer our players and coaches the opportunity to get familiar with each other and to gain critical international game experience against a variety of differing styles,” said USA and Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “Playing games at the Thomas & Mack Center, the United Center, Madison Square Garden and in Gran Canaria will be memorable for fans and valuable preparation for our team prior to competing in the FIBA World Cup.”
The 2014 USA Basketball Men’s National Team tour will help prepare the USA for defending its FIBA World Championship title.
The 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup, featuring a total of 24 national teams, is slated to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain. The 2014 USA Basketball Men's World Cup Team was drawn into preliminary round Group C and will play its preliminary round games in Bilbao, Spain.
The USA opens the 2014 World Cup preliminary round play on Aug. 30 against Finland, and then faces Turkey on Aug. 31 in a rematch of the 2010 FIBA World Championship gold medal game, a contest in which the USA claimed an 81-64 victory. Following a day off on Sept. 1, the USA resumes play Sept. 2 facing New Zealand. The U.S. will go against the Dominican Republic on Sept. 3, and will conclude its preliminary play on Sept. 4 facing Ukraine.
Each team at the 2014 World Cup will play the other teams in its preliminary group, and the top four finishing teams from each of the four preliminary round groups will then qualify for the Round of 16. Winners of the Round of 16 games will advance to the quarterfinals, while losers are eliminated from the competition. Winners of the quarterfinals games will advance to the medal round semifinals, while the quarterfinals losers are eliminated from the competition. Winners of the semifinals will advance to the Sept. 14 gold medal game, while semifinals losers will meet in the bronze medal game on Sept. 13. The games from the Round of 16 to the semifinals will be played in Barcelona and Madrid, and the bronze and gold medal games will be held in Madrid.