There may be three months until the start of another exhilarating British Basketball League season, but pulses are already racing after the confirmation of some mouth-watering BBL Championship fixtures during the opening weekend of the 2014-15 campaign.
All eyes will inevitably be on newcomers Bristol Flyers and Leeds Carnegie, who will both take a historical first step in the top flight.
The Flyers will have the honours of hitting the BBL hardwood first when they entertain Plymouth University Raiders on Saturday 27 September, while Leeds Carnegie will enjoy making the short hop to Newton Aycliffe to face Durham Wildcats in their debut outing on Sunday 28 September.
The brand new season will actually tip-off 24 hours earlier on Friday 26 September, when there will be an explosive and highly entertaining clash at Sport Central when last year’s two BBL Play-Off finalists Esh Group Eagles Newcastle and Worcester Wolves renew their rivalry.
Last season’s MVP Zaire Taylor will be stepping out when the curtain is raised, only it won’t be for the Wolves, with London Lions fans able to get an early glimpse of their marquee signing when the team opens up with a south-east derby against Surrey United.
The full fixture list for opening weekend is as follows:
Friday 26 September 2014
CH 7:30pm Newcastle Eagles v Worcester Wolves
CH 7:30pm Sheffield Sharks v Durham Wildcats
CH 7:30pm Surrey United v London Lions
Saturday 27 September 2014
CH 7:30pm Bristol Flyers v Plymouth Raiders
CH 7:30pm Leicester Riders v Manchester Giants
Sunday 28 September 2014
CH 5:30pm Cheshire Phoenix v Leicester Riders
CH 4:00pm Durham Wildcats v Leeds Carnegie
CH 5:00pm Glasgow Rocks v Bristol Flyers
CH 6:00pm Manchester Giants v Sheffield Sharks
CH 4:00pm Plymouth Raiders v Surrey United
Following a review, Birmingham Knights have withdrawn from the BBL, meaning of the 13 BBL clubs will play 36 BBL Championship games this season, facing each other three times, once at home and twice away – or vice versa.
Not only will teams fight it out to try and land the prestigious BBL Championship title, but also for play-off positioning and a top eight berth, so they have a shot at stepping out at the climax of the campaign – the 2015 BBL Play-Off Final (The 02, Sunday 10th May 2015)
That means the fixtures on the final weekend of the season could be the most exciting and important of all. The full fixture list for the last weekend of the regular season is as follows:
Friday 17 April 2015
CH 7:30pm Leeds Carnegie v Glasgow Rocks
CH 7:30pm London Lions v Durham Wildcats
CH 7:30pm Newcastle Eagles v Cheshire Phoenix
CH 7:30pm Sheffield Sharks v Manchester Giants
CH 7:30pm Surrey United v Plymouth Raiders
CH 7:30pm Worcester Wolves v Leicester Riders
Saturday 18 April 2015
CH 7:30pm Bristol Flyers v Leeds Carnegie
CH 7:30pm Leicester Riders v Newcastle Eagles
Sunday 19 April 2015
CH 5:30pm Cheshire Phoenix v Sheffield Sharks
CH 4:00pm Durham Wildcats v Worcester Wolves
CH 6:00pm Manchester Giants v London Lions
CH 4:00pm Plymouth Raiders v Glasgow Rocks
Click here to view the full 2014-15 BBL Championship fixture list.
To view the fixtures for a specific club, please use the following links:
- Bristol Flyers
- Cheshire Phoenix
- Durham Wildcats
- Glasgow Rocks
- Leeds Carnegie
- Leicester Riders
- London Lions
- Manchester Giants
- Esh Group Eagles Newcastle
- Plymouth University Raiders
- One Health Sharks Sheffield
- Surrey United