The Australian NBL released its schedule for the new 2012/13 season earlier this week, with the Breakers as expected taking 5 of their regular season home games to Vector Arena.
With the club set to raise its second consecutive championship banner after the memorable win over the Perth Wildcats in April, Breakers General Manager Richard Clarke says there is already huge anticipation for the new campaign.
"It hardly seems like we have drawn breath since winning the Championship. We spent some time celebrating but just as quickly moved quickly into planning for the new season.
"The draw is an exciting one for the fans with 7 Friday night games and 7 Thursday night games with 5 games scheduled at Vector Arena. Those games are against Wollongong, Gold Coast, Perth, Townsville and Melbourne providing for great variety and quality with all 3 other semi finalists last year on show in the bigger venue."
Clarke says the club has been working hard in the off season to ensure fans and partners
"Player recruitment has been a big focus, all that is left there is to confirm our imports and one final local spot on the roster. As we have said all along, the imports will be left until last once we know the final make up of the non restricted players and the spots we need to cover. Plus of course points and salary cap restrictions will influence our decisions.
"But the team in the front office have also had an eye on further improving game night experience for fans, as well as doing all we can to leverage the involvement of our sponsors and commercial partners in the club and the sport."
Before any marketing or advertising, the club is already beyond last season's figure for season and club memberships, with over 1200 fans already signed up to the variety of membership options on offer.
"We have continued to grow our fan base in recent years, helped of course by a winning record on court. But that growth is based as much on the environment and the entertainment we present on game nights. We are working hard to further improve on what is already a great family night out and attract yet more new supporters to the club."
The Breakers are drawn to play four game series against Wollongong, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Adelaide this season, with all others being three game series. The Breakers will have the home split on the Perth Wildcats and Cairns Taipans, removing at least two potentially draining away trips from the schedule. Balancing that though is the home advantage going the way of the opposition in series against Townsville and Sydney.
Key features of the iiNet Championship draw for the SKYCITY Breakers
5 games at Vector Arena
Friday October 12th Wollongong Hawks
Thursday December 13th Gold Coast Blaze
Friday February 1st Perth Wildcats
Thursday February 28th Townsville Crocodiles
Thursday March 14th Melbourne Tigers