The Deakin Melbourne Boomers have released a home game schedule featuring 12 exciting themes for season 2016/17 and delivering sell-out crowds at the State Basketball Centre is a high priority.
With the club entering its 33rd season and encouraging supporters to become members to ensure they get the best seats at the 3,200-seat stadium, an exciting schedule will again feature two holiday-eve blockbusters, both set to be played against rivals Dandenong.
“I think last season’s Australia Day Eve game has given all of us a real hunger to bring more people to a Boomers game and to see these very talented elite-level female athletes showcase their skills,” said Coach Guy Molloy, adding, “The noise and atmosphere that night was electric, it was one of the best events I’ve been a part of.”
“Our front office has put together some really good themes again, it’s something the players get right behind and enjoy. There’s no doubt they enjoy seeing big crowds and feed off the energy and excitement being generated from the stands.”
For the record, Melbourne’s first incarnation of the Aus Day Eve game attracted a crowd of 2,500 last season and General Manager Justin Nelson is aiming for a sell-out on January 25 early next year when the Boomers will again host rivals Dandenong.
“I still remember when Guy, myself and the late Linda Perry sat there and talked about developing blockbusters in the WNBL, much like what they’ve done with the Anzac Day game in the AFL,” recalls Nelson.
“We talk everyday at the office about fan engagement, about delivering great events and experiences for the basketball community, about connecting the grassroots with the elite. I just desperately wanted people to see the WNBL as a great product and it really struck a chord with us that families want a fun night out where the kids can connect with real role models. I guess that’s how it started.
“During the WNBL season we have two very significant public holidays, Melbourne Cup Day and Australia Day, so we targeted both and saw the eve of each of those days as being nights the Melbourne Boomers could deliver great events.
“We hoped families would respond and the crowds last season proved that they love the WNBL and an opportunity to be a part of big events, it definitely worked,” added Nelson.
While Molloy has plenty to keep him busy out on court during the week and on game night, he is a coach with a high level of respect for the supporters and the important role they play in the game.
“We wouldn’t be here at this level if it wasn’t for the fans, they are critical to our growth and sustainability. With our crowds getting bigger it’s important people consider becoming members to make sure they lock in their seats, especially for the blockbuster games,” urged Molloy.
This season’s themes include the two holiday-eve blockbusters, a home opener with plenty of extra events planned, a 33rd birthday celebration, along with the return of popular themes – Purple Power Night, Dad’s & Daughter’s Day, Superheroes & Villains Day and Christmas Night.
“There really is something for everyone. We want to encourage all of our supporters to arrive early, enjoy the atmosphere and of course make sure you stick around after the game and meet the players when they step back out of court for photos and autographs,” said Nelson.
“We believe the WNBL has outstanding role models and at the Boomers we never leave a home game without spending at least half an hour out on court with our fans. That connection is priceless.”
To lock in the best seats and get closer to all the action, become a Boomers member today at www.trybooking.com/BOOMERS.