Banner night to tip-off Kings' bumper home NBL24 schedule
The Sydney Kings will tip-off their bumper home NBL24 schedule with championship banner day against Adelaide on Sunday, October 8 from 3.45pm AEDT at Qudos Bank Arena.
This round two fixture, which will see the Hoops Capital club chase a third straight massive crowd following more than 18,000 attending games three and five of the NBL23 Championship Series, will be the first of 14 games played in Sydney during the 2023-24 campaign.
"Last season's banner and ring night was an extremely special occasion for everyone in the club and this coming year will be no different," Hoops Capital CEO Sean Nicholls said.
"It gives everyone in our organisation, as well as our supporters, a chance to celebrate our amazing accomplishment of being able to run it back in NBL23.
"It's a night all Kings and basketball fans alike will not want to miss, especially as we attempt to sellout Qudos Bank Arena for the third straight time - something that has never been done in our history.
"We can't wait to share this occasion with all our loyal members and fans, as we start our journey towards a third straight title."
Another feature of Sydney's NBL24 home draw is that 11 of the 14 matches at Qudos Bank Arena will be played on Sunday afternoons - 10 of which start at 3.45pm.
"We're excited to be able to bring 11 Sunday afternoon matches to Sydney this coming season - a timeslot which has proven extremely popular over the past few seasons," Nicholls said.
"Hosting games at the family-friendly time of Sunday afternoon allows all the Kings of the future a chance to watch their heroes in person - an aspect which is really important to us and rewards them for their continued support."
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Chase Buford's side will start their quest for an NBL three-peat on the road against NSW rivals Illawarra on Saturday, September 30, from 7.15pm at the WIN Entertainment Centre.
The two-time reigning champs will then travel to MyState Bank Arena to take on their NBL22 grand final opponents Tasmania on Friday, October 6 before returning home for their home opener against the 36ers.
Another away game, this time in Brisbane, will follow on October 13 before back-to-back blockbuster Sunday home games against Perth (October 15) and Tasmania (October 22).
Seven of the next 10 games will be away from Sydney Olympic Park, including at Cairns (October 28), Illawarra (November 3), Melbourne (November 19), Perth (December 1), Cairns (December 7), Tasmania (December 17) and New Zealand (December 23) - with a trio of home games against New Zealand (November 5, marking the first clash between the two NBL23 grand final opponents since game five), Brisbane (November 12) and South East Melbourne (December 10) mixed in.
Following this though, the 'Road Dawgs' will return to QBA for another home-heavy schedule during the January summer school holidays, with seven of their next nine to be played in front of their Sydney fans, starting for the blockbuster Christmas night fixture.
The Sydney Hoops extravaganza also includes showdowns with Cairns (December 29), Melbourne (January 4), Brisbane (January 7), New Zealand (January 14), Perth (January 21) and Melbourne (January 28) - with the only road games being against the 36ers (January 11) and Phoenix (January 25).
The final three clashes of the regular season are at Adelaide (February 2), home against Illawarra (February 11) and at South East Melbourne (February 17) - meaning the last chance for Sydney fans to watch their favourite players in person in the regular is with a local derby.
All matches will again be broadcast on ESPN via Kayo Sports and Foxtel, with Channel 10 hosting all Sunday fixtures.
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