Melbourne, Australia • Not everyone was happy to see a basketball game in Australia.
Kemba Walker scored 23 points on Thursday and led the US in front of 51,218 spectators over Australia 102-86 in a stadium that usually hosts cricket, football or Australian football games.
The roof of the Marvel Stadium was closed, and in the middle of the field was raised a square surrounded by hundreds of white chairs more than 20 rows deep. for fans who paid for seats on the ground.
Some fans, including Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, complained in social media about views ̵
Crowe said on Twitter. "The only thing that was achieved tonight was to work with the organizers to fool well-meaning lovers of the sport. It was a farce.
Australia and the USA will play a game at the same stadium on Saturday afternoon.
On Friday, the Australian Home Consumer Agency announced that it was investigating whether basketball fans were being misled by organizers about seating and the expected NBA players at play.
Prior to the game, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it had already received hundreds of ticket-ticket complaints alleging misleading which players were involved and seeking reimbursements.
We have now added to this inquiry whether consumers have been misled about seating and seating quality or not. Rod Sims, chairman of the ACCC, said Friday.
"We take the allegation of misleading behavior and the penalties for consumer violations very serious indeed are significant. They were angry and wanted a refund.
"We can well understand that when certain elite players advertise something, they do not have the key players who could significantly affect whether they are still interested in participating. "
On Friday, the local organizers made a statement saying," It's worth noting that the feedback was very positive for us. "
" TEG Live and Marvel Stadium have been working with a number of fans on the game to find an alternative arrangement, "the statement said. "Of the 11,000 fans who bought seats last night, only 200 were relocated."
Despite the large crowd, Australian media reported that some fans were granted refunds for purchasing tickets based on promotional materials with Stephen Curry and LeBron James – who were US players at the time the deal was signed last year. Neither Curry nor James has been on the US World Cup list since August 31 in China.
Australia was without its biggest star, Ben Simmons, who decided not to participate in the World Cup. The Boomers' starting grid included four NBA players: Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, Joe Ingles and Matthew Dellavedova. At least coach Gregg Popovich found humor in court and said he felt like on a movie set.
"I kept looking behind me because I knew I would fall off the stage," he said.