Cairns Taipans' package offers double the game time
A DOUBLE whammy basketball package which can save families $15 is being offered for the Cairns Taipans' first two games of the new year.
The mid-season package guarantees tickets to the New Year's Eve game on Monday against New Zealand Breakers and the Saturday, January 5 clash with Perth Wildcats.
The two-game package saves $5 on tickets for children and adults and $15 on a family pass.
Taipans chief executive Mark Beecroft said the club was testing the waters of dynamic ticket pricing.
"Our last New Year's Eve game was the club's first regular season game to sell out two days in advance and there was a wait list on tickets," he said.
"So this year our New Year's Eve game is classed as a premium game, which means single-game tickets on this night attract a $5 surcharge."
Mr Beecroft said the club avoided discounting games to honour season-long commitments made by its 1700-strong season members but the package still provided value for casual fans.
"The New Zealand Breakers and Perth Wildcats are currently the top-ranked teams in Australia and this package is a great opportunity to see the Snakes test themselves against last year's NBL grand finalists," he said.
"Two-game pass holders will also avoid the New Year's Eve premium.
"Given last year's quick sell-out, we encourage fans to get in early to secure their two-game passes."
The New Year's Eve game features an early 6.30pm tip-off, allowing families to watch the game then make their way to the Esplanade for the early fireworks.
Two-game passes are available from $26 per child and $44 per adult, with family passes from $110.
The Taipans have won three consecutive New Year's Eve games but will have their work cut out if they are to start 2013 on a high.
Their two-game home-court assignment will come against reigning champions the Breakers and second-ranked Perth Wildcats.
The Breakers bring plenty of confidence to their New Year's Eve clash after holding the Taipans to the lowest home score in team history when they played Cairns in round six.
On January 5, they host the Wildcats, who have won five of their past six going into a New Year's Eve clash against Sydney.
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Snakes alive: Cameron Glidden will be hoping the Taipans can start the new year with a bang when they take on the New Zealand Breakers and Perth Wildcats at home. Picture: BRENDAN FRANCIS