25 Jul 2018

Breakers to take four home games to the regions

9:44 am on 25 July 2018

The Breakers will take four of their home Australian National Basketball League games away from Auckland next season.

Spark Arena will host ten home games.

The Breakers play at Spark Arena.

The Breakers play at Spark Arena. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The remaining four games will be taken to the regions, with venues to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Regular season home games are unable to be held at the North Shore Events Centre while the facilities are being upgraded to meet NBL regulations.

The Breakers played their first ever game on the North Shore in 2003.

"The atmosphere at Spark Arena is fantastic, and will be even more so this season as we add a new level of excitement to game day. With brand new court side seating bringing fans even closer to the action and world class pre-game, halftime and in-game entertainment, we are bringing the NBA atmosphere to Auckland", sais Breakers CEO Matt Walsh.

The season will start a week later on October 11th to accommodate seven games featuring five NBL teams in the NBA Preseason, including the Breakers against the Phoenix Suns on October 3rd.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said the league hoped to break the all-time attendance record for an opening round of 48,007 set back in 1995.

"This is a very exciting time for the NBL and Australasian basketball. The game is enjoying enormous momentum and we think the NBL is the second best league in the world after the NBA.

"We are committed to offering a world entertainment product fans can enjoy whether they are watching in stadium or on broadcast," Loeliger says.

There will be two breaks between November 26- December 4 and February 18-26 while the New Zealand Tall Blacks take part in the FIBA World Cup qualifying games.

2018-19 Spark Arena Schedule

Thursday 11 October, vs Brisbane Bullets

Sunday 21 October, vs Sydney Kings

Sunday 28 October, vs Adelaide 36ers

Friday 9 November, vs Cairns Taipans

Friday 23 November, vs Perth Wildcats

Sunday 9 December, vs Sydney Kings

Sunday 6 January, vs Perth Wildcats

Sunday 27 January, vs Brisbane Bullets

Friday 1 February, vs Melbourne United

Thursday 7 February, vs Adelaide 36ers

2018-19 Regional Game Schedule

Friday 16 November, TBC vs Melbourne United

Friday 21 December, TBC vs Illawarra Hawks

Thursday 24 January, TBC vs Cairns Taipans

Thursday 14 February, TBC vs Illawarra Hawks