Ahead of the new season launch this Friday, 30 October, the BBL have today confirmed the fixtures and dates for the BBL Cup competition.
With the promise of financial support from the Government due to the loss of income from spectators, the 2020-21 season will tip-off on Friday 30 October behind closed doors, with the BBL Cup. The BBL Cup is now split into three groups with the bottom teams in each group, after the qualifying stages being eliminated.
Rocks have been drawn in group 2 with Cheshire Phoenix and Manchester Giants – the first chance for Rocks to face-off against the newly rebranded teams. The group’s first fixture is on the 8th of November when Cheshire host Manchester, with Rocks beginning their season a week later on the 15th.
Our provisional fixtures, assuming the promised funding from the UK government is received is as follows:
Unfortunately, no fans will be allowed at the games under current Scottish Government guidelines.
All fixtures are subject to change. We will be in touch with fans over the coming weeks to confirm plans regarding season tickets and streaming options.
The teams have been split into three groups as follows:
Group 1 – Bristol Flyers, Plymouth Raiders, Surrey Scorchers, Worcester Wolves
Group 2 – Cheshire Phoenix, Glasgow Rocks, Manchester Giants
Group 3 – Leicester Riders, London Lions, Newcastle Eagles, B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
Teams will play other teams in their group home and away.
Quarter-Final places for our group will be determined as follows:
Group 2 winner v Group 1 runner-up
Group 3 runner-up v Group 2 runner-up
The Group Stages of the Cup will run until the end of November, with the Quarter Finals taking place between 11-13 December and the Semi-Finals 08-10 January 2021.
The Final will take place on Sunday 24 January 2021.
BBL COO Andy Webb said:
“We are delighted to finally get the season launched after the very positive messages of support from the Government.”
“Of course, it won’t be the same without the fans being at the venues but all the players are keen to get to proper competition after a very long pre-season. The BBL Cup will be first up, just like last season, and then we will start the BBL Championship in early December. Those fixtures will also be announced as soon as practical.”