Tasmania's new National Basketball League team is being given the honour of launching the season in early December.
The JackJumpers will take on the Adelaide 36ers at the newly-refurbished MyState Bank Arena (formerly the Derwent Entertainment Centre) on December 3.
'The Nest' will also host what's being billed as a Boxing Day blockbuster against the New Zealand Breakers, while there's a big clash for the January match against reigning champs Melbourne United.
It's scheduled for 5.30 pm on New Year's Day, an hour and a half after the Hobart Hurricanes host the Brisbane Heat at Blundstone Arena.
JackJumpers CEO Simon Brookhouse has welcomed five Fridasy night home games and three Sunday afternoon fixtures in prime broadcast slots.
“We couldn’t have asked for much more in our inaugural NBL fixture. We are delighted with the games and times we have been able to secure for this historic time in the League and our state’s history,” he said.
“We cannot wait to bring an unrivalled entertainment experience to Tasmania, and see the foundations of this Club finally come to life on the court. We pushed for timeslots that will give Tasmanian fans of all ages the best chance to see the team live."
Dates for Launceston's Silverdome are yet to be confirmed.
“There is still a little bit of work to be done at the Silverdome to upgrade lighting for broadcast and get the venue up to NBL standard," Brookhouse said.
“We’re looking forward to locking in some dates in February or March, and sharing them with our members and bringing elite basketball back to Tasmania’s north."
“We’re also working with our partners to provide transport options for northern fans to access our games at MyState Bank Arena.”