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Four new venues to be unveiled for next Asian Qualifiers window
BEIRUT (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers) - The Asian Qualifiers will reach even more audiences in the fourth window with four new venues to be used for the all-important second round games.
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Kazakhstan will be among the teams to open hostilities in the fourth window, and they will do so at the Baluan Sholak Sports Complex the country's largest city, Almaty. The arena first opened in 1967 but underwent a major renovation in time for the Asian Winter Games 2011, when it was used for hockey and skating. Today, it can accommodate more than 5,000 fans and is notable for hosting high profile events like the Asian Women's Cup Volleyball Championship 2012. Japan will be the first to play the Steppe Wolves in this venue on 13 September.
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Second to put their new venue on display are Australia, who will host Kazakhstan at the Bendigo Stadium on 17 September. The venue is the home arena for the Bendigo Spirit of the WNBL and the Bendigo Braves of the SEABL and can seat as many as 4,000 spectators. It was among the basketball venues in the Melbourne Olympics 2006 and Commonwealth Games 2006.
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Next up is China's Wukesong Culture & Sports Center, which is currently more commonly known as the Cadillac Arena. This mega-stadium can house more than 19,000 fans in a sprawling structure located in the Haidian District of Beijing, and it is the host arena for several Chinese professional sports clubs, not the least of which are the Beijing Ducks of the CBA. China will face West Asia powerhouse Jordan at the Wukesong Culture & Sports Center also on 17 September.
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On the same date, Japan hope to continue their winning ways when they open the doors of the Ota-City General Gymnasium to three-time FIBA Asia Cup champions Iran. Located in downtown Tokyo, the Ota-City General Gymnasium first opened in 2013 and can seat more than 4,000 people. It was designed to host a variety of sporting events but is most notable for being the home arena of B.League Second Division club Earth Friends Tokyo Z.