DURHAM, N.C. - Duke basketball fans from across the globe can now purchase tickets to the Friendship Games in Shanghai and Beijing. The Blue Devils embark on a two-week foreign trip through China and Dubai on August 14.
Duke will play the Chinese Olympic Team at the Mercedes Benz Arena on August 18 in Shanghai. The game will be the first basketball game to be played in Mercedes-Benz Arena, former home of the Shanghai World Expo Culture Center. Tickets are available at http://www.smartshanghai.com/smartticket/dukeuniversity.
The Blue Devils will then travel to Beijing where the two teams will square off at the MasterCard Center on August 22. Beijing's MasterCard Center, formerly Wukesong Arena, is the site where head coach Mike Krzyzewski led the U.S. Men's Senior National Team to the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. Tickets can be purchased online at http://en.piao.com.cn/beijing/ticket_4193.html.
Duke will also play exhibition contests in Kunshan (Aug. 17) and Dubai (Aug. 25) during the trip.
The team will also conduct basketball clinics in China and the United Arab Emirates, while visiting historic Chinese gardens, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. In the United Arab Emirates, the team will learn about traditional Emirati culture and commerce as well as about Dubai's rise as a modern business center.