Court no marvel for all basketball fans

The drop-in basketball court at Marvel Stadium for the Boomers and Team USA has drawn criticism.
The drop-in basketball court at Marvel Stadium for the Boomers and Team USA has drawn criticism.

Many fans already unhappy with the lack of star power at the Australia and Team USA basketball series in Melbourne were also angered by the seating arrangements at Marvel Stadium.

The World Cup warm-up match on Thursday night, followed by game two on Saturday afternoon, is being played on a drop-in raised floor to accommodate a crowd of around 50,000.

While it's a spectacular sight from the raised seats, those who are on "the floor" who paid hundreds of dollars for their seats have limited viewing.

Those in the back rows at the football/soccer stadium are also a so far from the action they must rely on big screens hanging over the court to make out the player numbers.

Many have taken to social media to vent their anger with some comparing the match to the ill-fated Fyre Festival, a fraudulent luxury music festival in the Bahamas.

Leading into the match there was disappointment and anger from ticketholders with the US team missing much of its star power.

Fans felt the advertising and marketing material featuring global NBA names such as Anthony Davis and James Harden to promote the game was misleading, given they weren't taking part.

Australia's own NBA superstar Ben Simmons also withdrew from the Boomers squad.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced last week that it was in talks with the promoter TEG Live.

According to the ABC, the ACCC announced on Thursday night that was "aware of refunds being made to consumers for the USA Basketball games ... in Melbourne and Sydney on 22, 24 and 26 August".

Despite this many ticketholders on social media remained frustrated.

While fans didn't get to see all the stars they wanted, the court set-up meant some could have ended up get up close and personal with some NBA players.

From the sideline to court edge is just 3.1-metres followed by a 93cm drop.

That means that if things get physical those paying the big bucks for courtside seats could end up with a player in their lap.

Australian Associated Press