NBA heads back to Mexico for Hawks vs Magic in November

The NBA has announced it will return to Mexico City for a regular season game during the 2023-24 season which will be contested by the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic

The game will take place at the Arena CDMX in Mexico’s capital on 9 November and will mark the league’s 32nd game in the country since 1992. 

The NBA Mexico City game will be live in Mexico on ESPN, Star+, TUDN and NBA League Pass

Furthermore, the NBA and its partners will work with NBA Cares to reach out to community initiatives in Mexico City, enhancing the sport by engaging with NBA youth basketball programmes through interactive activities. 

Raul Zarraga, Vice President and Managing Director of NBA Mexico, said: “We’re excited to welcome the Hawks and Magic to Mexico City next season and give our passionate fans the opportunity to see some of the brightest young stars in the game. 

“There is so much momentum around basketball in Mexico, and this game and the surrounding events will serve as the ultimate celebration of the NBA for fans across the country and throughout Latin America.”

The Mexico City regular season game will feature Hawks’ All-Star guards Trae Young and Dejounte Murray, whilst the Magic will give Mexican fans the opportunity to watch its young roster of stars led by 2023 NBA Rookie of the Year Paolo Banchero and forward Franz Wagner. 

As part of the week-long celebrations, the Mexico City Capitanes will host the Osceola Magic in a G League Showcase Cup game on 10 November. 

Orlando Magic CEO, Alex Martins, commented: “With the Magic having been to London twice, Japan, China, Brazil and Mexico City previously, we love representing the NBA and the city of Orlando when we have the opportunity to play in these global games.”

Steve Koonin, Atlanta Hawks CEO, added: “It is always a privilege to showcase our teams, the city of Atlanta and the NBA in the global games. We had an incredible time last year starting the season in the first NBA Abu Dhabi games and we are excited to connect with the fans in Mexico City and experience the wonderful culture there.”

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