The countdown to the next British Basketball League (BBL) season has official begun as the league have today confirmed the 2021-22 fixtures.
Our Eagles look to pick-up where they left off with a double-winning campaign, which saw them lift both the BBL Cup and Play-Offs trophies.
After a delayed start last year, the 2021-22 season returns to the traditional tip-off of late September with the BBL Cup Group Stages.
Our Eagles begin with a home tip-off in the Cup at the Vertu Motors Arena against Glasgow Rocks on Friday 24 September 2021 at 7:30pm.
Following the five weeks of Cup games, the BBL Championship will then tip off on Friday 29 October 2021, and the First Round of the BBL Trophy will open the New Year on 7 January 2022.
The first Final will take place on Sunday 30 January 2022, at the Utilita Arena Birmingham with the BBL Cup Final, followed by the BBL Trophy Final on Sunday 20 March 2022, at Emirates Arena, Glasgow, and the season will conclude with the BBL Play-Offs Final on Sunday 15 May 2022 at The O2, London.
Take a look at the full list of the confirmed game dates for the season in the BBL fixtures section.
All fixtures are subject to change as final preparations for the season continue.
The full competition formats for the new season are as follows:
Each team playing each other three times (twice at home and once away or vice versa) totalling 27 games per club.
Cup Group Stages will consist of two groups of five split geographically. The groups are:
- Cheshire Phoenix
- Glasgow Rocks
- Manchester Giants
- Newcastle Eagles
- B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
- Bristol Flyers
- Leicester Riders
- London Lions
- Surrey Scorchers
Each team plays each other team in their group home and away.
Only the bottom placed team will be eliminated from each of the groups, with the Quarter Final places determined as follows:
- North Winner v South 4th
- South Winner v North 4th
- North Runner Up v South 3rd
- South Runner Up v North 3rd
Quarter Finals (Single Leg) – 12-14 November 2021
Semi-Finals (Open Draw – Two Legged) – 10-12 December 2021
Final – Sunday 30 January 2022 at Utilita Arena Birmingham
A straight 16-team knockout competition, involving the 10 BBL teams and six invited Non-BBL teams. The six teams are:
- Team Solent Kestrels
- Thames Valley Cavaliers
- Hemel Storm
- Derby Trailblazers
- Sony Centre Fury
- Basketball Wales
Fixture bracket format so clubs know their route after First Round draw (early November).
Teams not at home in the Cup Quarter Finals will be guaranteed a Trophy First Round game at home.
First Round (Single Leg) – 07-09 January 2022
Quarter Finals (Single Leg) – 04-06 February 2022
Semi-Finals (Two Legged) – 04-06 March 2022
Final – Sunday 20 March 2022 at Emirates Arena, Glasgow
Newcastle Eagles BBL season tickets are on sale for the 2021-22 season from our box office with our Early Bird and Renewal offers still available – and include all home Championship, Cup and Trophy games, plus any potential Play-Offs Quarter-Finals.