Australian basketball fans hated the full-stadium setup for game against Team USA



Team USA Basketball won its first exhibition game Thursday morning against Australia, 102-86, at Marvel Stadium (awesome name, Tony Stark) in Melbourne.

While this was just a tune-up game ahead of the FIBA World Cup, fans from around Australia flocked to the football-turned-basketball venue to watch the Boomers take on Team USA. The announced attendance was 51,218, which was the largest crowd at a basketball game in Australia. It was a big deal.

The stadium setup, though, had a decidedly Final Four-esque feel to it. And that’s never a good thing.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, basketball played in football stadiums is the worst. It makes depth perception an issue for the players, and it makes for an awful viewing experience for fans. But even as bad Final Four setups go, the seating arrangement at Marvel Stadium (still an awesome name) was even worse than something concocted by the NCAA.

Fans paid exorbitant prices to sit in plastic lawn chairs that were positioned on a flat surface below court level. Yeah, the most expensive seats in the house were not on an incline at all. It looked like this.

Early renderings of the stadium setup made it look like lower-level seats would be on an incline, so fans could, uh, see the court. The reality was far different.

That’s so bad. No wonder fans were upset.

The U.S. and Australia will meet again on Saturday morning for another exhibition at Marvel Stadium. Fans should know what to expect this time around.

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