The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that the Atlanta Hawks will play a regular season game against the Brooklyn Nets at The 02 in London, United Kingdom on January 16, 2014 as part of NBA Global Games London 2014. The game will mark the Hawks’ first-ever regular season contest outside of North America.
NBA Global Games London 2014 will be the 12th game in the city dating back to 1993. The Hawks took part in the NBA’s first preseason games in London playing two games against the Orlando Magic (October 30 and 31, 1993). In July, 1988, Atlanta played internationally for the first time when the Hawks traveled to the former Soviet Union for three contests against the Soviet National Team.
“Playing in London will be a special experience for our players and coaches, and we are proud to represent Atlanta in front of an international audience,” said Hawks’ President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry.
The game will be the eighth NBA contest played at The 02 since 2007. It will be broadcast globally on television and through digital media. Details will be released at a later date.
The league also announced today that the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs will play in Mexico City on December 4, marking the first time the league will stage regular-season games in two countries outside of the U.S. and Canada in the same season.