Manchester Giants get the new season underway with a home game against defending champions Leicester Riders on Friday September 29 (7.30pm).

The full fixtures have been released by the British Basketball League today, and include the BBL Cup first round draw – where the Giants have been paired with Worcester Wolves.

This year’s Christmas match, which sold out against Newcastle Eagles last season, will be against local rivals Cheshire Phoenix at home on Friday December 29.

Following the success of Friday matches last season, there have been more added to the schedule for the 2017/18 season – a total of five across the campaign, compared with 11 games at the traditional time of 5pm on Sunday.

One of those Friday matches will be against Surrey Scorchers on Good Friday, March 30.

After the opening home game against the Riders, the Giants face a tough double weekend that starts with a trip to London Lions on Friday October 6, before the visit of Newcastle on Sunday October 8.

The Giants end the regular season with a home game against Bristol Flyers on Sunday April 29.

There will be three themed matches throughout the season, starting with the Halloween match against Plymouth Raiders on Sunday October 29, Superhero fancy dress against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday February 4 and a Hawaiian fancy dress theme against London Lions on Sunday March 25.

More information on the themed games will be available nearer to the time.

All 16 home games are included in the Giants season ticket packages, which are available to purchase online now.

Tickets for individual matches will be released shortly. Tickets are already available for the first pre-season match against USA Select on Sunday September 3, CLICK HERE.

Fixture list in full:

September

Fri 29 – Leicester Riders (H)

October

Fri 6 – London Lions (A)
Sun 8 – Newcastle Eagles (H)
Fri 13 – Worcester Wolves (A) CUP
Sun 22 – Glasgow Rocks (A)
Sun 29 – Plymouth Raiders (H)

November

Fri 3 – Leeds Force (A)
Sun 12 – Surrey Scorchers (A)
Sun 19 – Worcester Wolves (H)
Sun 26 – Bristol Flyers (H)

December

Sun 3 – Sheffield Sharks (H)
Fri 8 – Leeds Force (A)
Sun 17 – Glasgow Rocks (H)
Fri 29 – Cheshire Phoenix (H)

January

Sun 7 – Glasgow Rocks (A)
Fri 19 – Worcester Wolves (A)

February

Sat 3 – Leicester Riders (A)
Sun 4 – Newcastle Eagles (H)
Fri 9 – Leeds Force (H)
Fri 16 – Surrey Scorchers (A)
Fri 23 – Cheshire Phoenix (A)

March

Fri 9 – Sheffield Sharks (A)
Fri 16 – Plymouth Raiders (A)
Sun 18 – Worcester Wolves (H)
Sun 25 – London Lions (H)
Fri 30 – Surrey Scorchers (H)

April

Fri 6 – Bristol Flyers (A)
Sat 7 – Leicester Riders (A)
Fri 13 – Plymouth Raiders (H)
Fri 20 – Newcastle Eagles (A)
Sun 22 – Sheffield Sharks (H)
Sat 28 – London Lions (A)
Sun 29 – Bristol Flyers (H)

All home matches are available for sponsorship. For more information, visit the Match Sponsorship page.