USA-Australia basketball: Not all in crowd happy with seating
Sltrib.com - Fri 23 Aug 14:45 GMT

Melbourne, Australia • Not everyone was happy in the biggest crowd to watch a basketball game in Australia.

  Kemba Walker scored 23 points to lead the U.S. over Australia 102-86 on Thursday before a crowd of 51,218 at a stadium that usually features cricket, soccer or Australian rules football games.

  The roof at Marvel Stadium was closed and a raised court was placed in the middle of the field surrounded by hundreds of white chairs, more than 20 rows deep, for fans who paid for floor seating.

  On Friday, Australia’s main consumer agency said it investigating whether basketball fans were misled by promoters about seating and the expected NBA players at the game.

  Before the game, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it had already received hundreds of complaints from ticketholders who claimed to have been misled about which players that were involved and wanted refunds.

  “TEG Live and Marvel Stadium worked with a number of fans at the game to make alternative arrangements,” the statement said.

  “Of the 11,000 fans who had purchased floor seating to last night’s game, only 200 people were relocated.”

  Despite the huge crowd, Australian media reported that some fans were issued refunds because they bought tickets based on promotional materials depicting Stephen Curry and LeBron James — who were part of the U.S. player pool when the deal was struck last year to play the games.