IT’S time to unite once again.
Seeing our own side’s 14 home NBL clashes, including 10 weekend games, will give everyone a chance to experience the best of the NBL through Melbourne United action in 2017/18.
The NBL 2017/18 fixture will give Victorian families a friendly schedule this season, as United fans will enjoy four Sunday games, three Saturdays and three Friday night clashes this season.
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The home town action starts on Sunday 22 October when United battles the NZ Breakers – with head coach Dean Vickerman starting off his time on the Melbourne sidelines against one of his former clubs.
With 14 home games this season – including the iconic open air match at Hisense Arena, held this year on Boxing Day against the Brisbane Bullets – there are opportunities for every fan to get along to support our only Victorian NBL side.
Melbourne United CEO Vince Crivelli said the club was happy with how the fixture had come together, with a great balance for corporates, fans and members, and plenty of unmissable home game blockbusters.
“The Boxing Day open air game against the Brisbane Bullets will once again be a spectacle, and we’ll have more home games played in February at Hisense Arena than ever before,” Crivelli said. “This is a big plus for crowd attendance, which traditionally ramps up around that time of year.
“Last year we saw an 11 per-cent increase in crowd attendance, five sell out games, and we are moving full steam ahead towards our target of 5,000 members.
“A strong fixture like this means even more basketball fans can get to our entertaining, family friendly home games” Crivelli said.
New Head Coach Dean Vickerman said the side is raring to go ahead of another big campaign.
“We love the first home game of the season,” Vickerman said. “To see the support from the fans and everyone from the organisation get geared up for that first home game, it’s a real thrill.
“I’m never too concerned about the draw, you play 14 away and 14 at home.
“This year we have a few away games first so hopefully we can get a little bit of rust out and come in and play amazing in front of the home crowd.
Also included in United’s schedule alongside the open air clash will be a heritage month – commemorating 40 seasons of the NBL in rounds 14-17. Fans can also look forward to new exciting theme rounds in the calendar.
Continuing with the 19 round format, the 28 game fixture has plenty of highlights, with season 2017-18 set to be its biggest yet for Melbourne basketball.
Basketball fans who can’t wait for October can get a sneak peak of the team when Melbourne United goes head to head with Team China at Margaret Court Arena on Sunday 16 July.