The Rex Walters era has begun in Beer City, USA!
Yesterday, the Grand Rapids Drive and the NBA D-League released the schedules for the 2016-17 season and now fans can banter back and forth about which “must-see” games they’ll be in attendance for at the DeltaPlex Arena this winter.
The Drive’s schedule tips off on Friday, November 11 against the Canton Charge right here in West Michigan. Those same two teams will face off in Ohio on Nov. 18, 2016 and Feb. 3, 2017 before ending the regular season in the same place it began, Grand Rapids, on March 31, 2017.
Grand Rapids will face off with the all 5 new additions to the D-League in the upcoming season. The Nets, Bulls and Swarm are expansion franchises. The Suns (formerly Bakersfield Jam) and Stars (formerly Idaho Stampede) have relocated.
They’ll play against the Long Island Nets on the road on Nov. 27 and Dec. 22, 2016 and host the Nets on Feb. 22, 2017.
The Windy City Bulls are the first of the new teams to appear in West Michigan, arriving on Dec. 2 and 14, 2016. Grand Rapids visits Chicago on Feb. 7 and March 3, 2017.
The Greensboro Swarm come to town on Dec. 30, 2016 and Feb. 8, 2017, while the Drive don’t visit North Carolina until March 4 and March 18, 2017.
The Salt Lake City Stars will host the Drive on Jan. 11, 2017 in Utah. The team then travels to Flagstaff, AZ to take on the Northern Arizona Suns on Jan. 14, 2017. Neither team will visit West Michigan this season. These games are scheduled before a week off in January, most likely for the D-League Showcase which is held in Santa Cruz, CA.
As for the home schedule, Grand Rapids will host a variety of theme nights throughout the year. Included in the $2 Wednesday promotion, all general admission tickets, sodas and large popcorns are $2, along with $2 beers.
Nov. 23 vs. Iowa; Dec. 7 vs. Sioux Falls; Dec. 14 vs. Windy City; Jan. 4 vs. Westchester(NY); Feb. 1 vs. Westchester; Feb. 8 vs. Greensboro; Feb. 22 vs. Long Island; March 1vs. Fort Wayne; March 15 vs. Maine; March 22 vs. Raptors 905.
This year, bring your date to Friday Night Out, with discounted craft beer and local food selections from some of GR’s best restaurants.
Nov. 11 vs. Canton; Nov. 25 vs. Austin; Dec. 2 vs. Windy City; Dec. 16vs. Erie; Dec. 23 vs. Maine; Dec. 30 vs. Greensboro; Feb. 10 vs. Erie; March 31 vs. Canton.
Saturday Family Nights return. Get 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas for $44 and the first 1,000 fans through the doors get exclusive giveaways.
Dec. 10 vs. Delaware; Dec. 17 vs. OKC; Feb. 4 vs. Raptors 905; Feb. 25 vs. Rio Grande Valley; March 25 vs. Fort Wayne.
With only one Sunday game, Dec. 4 against Delaware, fans have 23 other opportunities to experience NBA talent in a D-League setting without missing a wink of professional football.