The NBA has announced that the Orlando Magic will play two regular-season games against the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz in Mexico later this year after the basketball league signed a long-term agreement with events partner Zignia Live to collaborate on staging more fixtures in the country.
Orlando will face off against the Bulls on December 13 and the Jazz on December 15, with both games set to be played at Mexico City’s Arena Ciudad de Mexico. It will mark the third consecutive season that the NBA will play two regular-season games in the city.
The announcement coincided with the news that the NBA has forged a multi-year partnership with Zignia Live to stage more games in Mexico in the future.
The NBA Mexico City Games 2018 will mark the 27th and 28th games to be played in Mexico since 1992. Mexico is the country where most NBA games have been played outside of the US and Canada.
This year’s event will feature a range of interactive fan activities, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives and Jr. NBA programming. The NBA said that details on future games will be announced at a later date.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said: “Returning to Mexico City for two regular-season games this season reinforces our commitment to growing basketball in Mexico and Latin America. NBA teams have been playing in Mexico for more than 25 years, and the Bulls, Jazz and Magic organisations are excited to continue the tradition of bringing the live game experience to our passionate Mexican fans."
Ignacio Sáenz, Zignia Live’s director of business development and strategic partnerships, added: “The enthusiasm and dedication of every Mexican fan resulted in a multi-year partnership, that will see future games played in Mexico City over the next several years. The Arena Ciudad de México is the ideal setting to enjoy the magic of basketball as a family, and we are sure that the games will be an unforgettable and memorable experience for all.”