NBL: Perth Wildcats to tip off championship defence in front of home fans vs Brisbane

The Wildcats celebrate with the championship trophy after winning game three and the NBL Grand Final series. The Wildcats begins their 2017-18 NBL season with a home game against Brisbane on October 7. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images
The Wildcats celebrate with the championship trophy after winning game three and the NBL Grand Final series. The Wildcats begins their 2017-18 NBL season with a home game against Brisbane on October 7. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images

THE Perth Wildcats will open its NBL championship defence on Saturday October 7 at Perth Arena when it takes on the Brisbane Bullets.

The 2017-18 NBL schedule was released early this morning, with the opening clash with the Bullets the first of a big opening month for the reigning back-to-back champs, which includes a grand final rematch with Illawarra and clash with rivals Melbourne United to be played in front of the Red Army.

Five of the Wildcats first six games will be played at Perth Arena, with eight of the Wildcats 14 home games scheduled for Friday nights, with three on Saturday evenings.

Perth Wildcats chief executive Troy Georgiu said the fixturing was a big win for fans.

“Friday and Saturday night games provide us with the best platform to add to our already exciting game night atmosphere. Members and fans can look forward to some exciting new additions to our home game entertainment in 2017-18,” he said.

“Friday night games in particular, on average, draw an extra one to two thousand fans, as city workers head straight to Perth Arena to begin their weekend. This is crucial as a big part of our on-court success is a result of our passionate home support.

“Wildcats home games have become synonymous with summer Friday night’s in the City of Perth. It’s great news for our fans that we have eight home Friday night games at Perth Arena this season.”

The Wildcats longest stretch of away games is four over the New Year period, with a challenging three road games in just seven days.

The regular season concludes with a Sunday game at home against Cairns Taipans on February 18.

“We believe this season’s schedule is one of our most fan-friendly ever. We’re aiming to reach 12,000 members and there’s no better time to join the club as we chase our first ever three-peat,” Mr Georgiu said.

The Perth Wildcats full 2017-18 NBL schedule is here.

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