BIG Storage Cheshire Jets will help tip-off a new era for British basketball later this month when they run out at Liverpool’s ECHO Arena in front of live television cameras – and thousands of fans.
Jets’ derby against Everton Tigers has been upgraded from the Liverpool club’s 500-capacity Greenbank Academy to the city’s gleaming waterfront arena because it will be one of the first games screened live on television by Setanta Sports.
The ambitious satellite channel and the British Basketball League have been locked in talks for weeks over the rights to screen live games and a deal was sealed last Friday.
Coverage began with Sunday’s BBL Trophy final, but it will also include future league games – including the Tigers v Jets clash on Wednesday, March 19.
After switching the game to the newly-built ECHO Arena, the Tigers have handed the Jets no fewer than 2,000 cut-price tickets.
Jets officials have now made it their aim to sell as many of the tickets as possible – so they can take a huge travelling army of fans with them for the big clash across the River Mersey.
Andrew Donaldson, director of club sponsors BiG Storage, said: “We want the boys to have as much support as we can to cheer the Jets to victory and demonstrate how proud the fans are of their team.”
The cut-price tickets are available exclusively from BiG Storage on Sealand Road in Chester. Adult tickets are £2 and children’s are £1 – a saving of £8 and £5 respectively on the usual prices.
Jets’ play-off aspirations took a knock on Friday as they were beaten 89-81 away to Sheffield Sharks.
The Sharks have now beaten the Jets in two out of their three meetings this season, which gives them head-to-head advantage should the play-off positions be decided in that manner come the end of the season.
Jets host Milton Keynes Lions at Chester’s Northgate Arena on Sunday (5.30pm).