The BBL have officially released the Fixtures for the 2012/13 BBL Season.
The Glasgow Rocks will have the honour of stepping out on the opening night of the brand new 2012-13 British Basketball League campaign when they take on the reigning champions, Newcastle Eagles at Sports Central in Newcastle.
The curtain will be raised on Friday 21st September with three games including champions Newcastle Eagles hosting arch rivals Glasgow Rocks at Sport Central in one of the most intense rivalries in the league.
On the same evening, debutantes Manchester Giants will welcome Prestige Homes Milton Keynes Lions while East London Royals will travel up to Yorkshire to make history with their first BBL minutes at One Health Sharks Sheffield.
Saturday 22nd September will see six more teams take to the floor for their first taste of 2012-13 action as Guildford Heat host Mersey Tigers, Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders entertain UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders and Worcester Wolves welcome Durham Wildcats.
The only fans who will have to wait that little bit longer to see their team play are supporters of Cheshire Jets who will be booking Sunday 23rd September as their first big date in the diary when Manchester Giants pitch up at Northgate Arena.
All BBL clubs will face each other three times during the regular season, playing either two games at home and once on the road or vice-versa.
With 13 clubs participating this season, five teams will be left disappointed by not making the all-important end of season play-offs.
Consequently the battle to finish in the top eight spots promises to be more ferocious and absorbing as ever with the added incentive of reaching next year’s BBL Play-Off Final which is heading back to London.
Those teams who do punch their respective tickets for the play-off quarter-finals will play feature over the 12-14 April with the two-legged semi-finals scheduled for the weekend of 19-21 April.
The last two teams to survive the heat of another intense season will play it out for the last piece of silverware in the 2013 BBL Play Off Final at Wembley Arena on Sunday 28th April.