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Sydney Kings break NBL attendance record

The Sydney Kings broke the 20-year-old Australian National Basketball League (NBL) attendance record this weekend, beating the Illawarra Hawks in front of 17,514 fans at Qudos Bank Arena.

The Kings extended its league-leading mark to 9-1 with a 92-87 win in front of the biggest crowd to ever watch an NBL game, topping the previous high of 17,143 set in 1999 at a double-header at the same 21,000-capacity venue, the largest indoor sports and entertainment arena in Australia.

Kings head coach Will Weaver said: “It’s big for our team, it’s big for our city, it’s big for our state, it’s big for our league.

“What we’ve all come here to try to achieve, it’s big. It’s a big symbol of what we’re trying to do, is get people excited about basketball, and help people that are already excited about basketball understand there are great things to watch here.”

Qudos Bank Arena opened ahead of the 2000 Sydney Olympics and serves as the home of the Kings. The arena has played host to acts such as Hugh Jackman, Fleetwood Mac, Shawn Mendes and Elton John.

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