Tickets & Travel: All-Stars Championship and opening BBL fixtures

Ticket and travel deals for the BBL’s season curtain-raiser at The O2, the London Lions’ road games at Worcester Wolves and Newcastle Eagles, and the visits of Surrey Scorchers and Manchester Giants to the Copper Box Arena.

All-Stars Championship (24/09/17)

The first date in the BBL calendar is the new All-Stars Championship at The O2 on Sunday 24 September. Doors open at 11:30 and five hours of action begins at 13:00. The London Lions will be one of eight teams competing in a quickfire tournament to win £100,000. This will be the first chance to see the new coach Mariusz Karol and his team, who will play between two and five 12-minute running clock games.

Tickets start at £20 (plus ‘service charge’ and ‘facilities fee’) behind the basket, but can be bought through the club for £20 inclusive (£15 concessions) to sit in Block 101 at the end of the sideline with the other Lions fans.

£15 adult, £10 concession and £45 family-of-four tickets can also be found through Groupon. This is in Level 1C, which is unlikely to be in the Lions’ section but appears to be a similar grade of ticket.

London Lions @ Worcester Wolves (29/09/17)

The real basketball gets underway five days later on the opening night of the BBL Championship season with a trip to Worcester Wolves on Friday 29 September (tip-off 19:30). The Lions are yet to put their tickets on sale but they’re usually available for £10 adults, £8 concessions.

Train tickets are currently available for as little as £6 each way. The 15:22 from Paddington arriving at Worcester Shrub Hill at 17:36 is the cheapest outward ticket. There’s the chance to get the 22:43 from Shrub Hill after the game, though not arriving in Paddington until 01:21. £6 singles are also available to return the next day, if staying over.

Surrey Scorchers @ London Lions (01/10/17)

The opening weekend wraps up with the Lions’ first home game as the Surrey Scorchers visit the Copper Box Arena on Sunday 1 October (tip-off 16:00).

A limited number of £9.99 tickets (flat price, no concessions) are being sold by the club through PayPal. General sale tickets are gradually appearing on Ticketmaster, although details of season pass holders’ guest tickets are yet to be announced.

Manchester Giants @ London Lions (06/10/17)

You wait all summer and then it’s a third fixture in eight days as the Manchester Giants provide the opposition in the first Friday night game at the Copper Box on 6 October. Make the most of it as there are only two more home games scheduled before the new year.

London Lions @ Newcastle Eagles (13/10/17)

The Lions are back on the road a week later, making the long journey to play the Newcastle Eagles on Friday 13 October (tip-off 19:30).

By train, single tickets from Kings Cross can currently be found for £20 at 08:30 or £44 later in the day. There’s no train back after the game so it’s £28 to come back on the Saturday.

BBL venue guides are being updated ready for the new season and information on all of the above arenas can be found via the respective links.

Great Britain v Greece (19/08/17)

Before all that, Great Britain play Greece at the Copper Box on Saturday 19 August in a warm-up for FIBA EuroBasket 2017. Ticket sales are reported to be close to 4,000. It also serves as a preview for the opening World Cup Qualifier between the two teams being held at the Leicester Arena on Friday 24 November.

Kaunas Zalgiris v Torun Twarde Pierniki (22/09/17)

Not only that, there’s a Titans Trophy exhibition game between Kaunas Zalgiris (Lithuania) and Torun Twarde Pierniki (Poland) at the Copper Box on Thursday 22 September (tip-off 19:00). Tickets are currently advertised at £26.

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London Lions season ticket holder and frequent away follower. Also followed my football team up and down the country and the leagues for 20 years. Sixers fan but sadly from afar.

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