Cleveland Set to Open the 2011-12 Regular Season on the Road Against the Boston Celtics

CLEVELAND, OH - July 19th, 2011 - The Cleveland Cavaliers will open the 2011-12 season on the road, tipping off against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd before returning home to take on the Toronto Raptors at The Q on Friday, Nov. 4th. The season-opening matchup against the Celtics marks the fourth consecutive season that the Cavaliers have opened the regular season against Boston.

The Cavaliers are scheduled to appear on at least four national television broadcasts, including the Miami Heat’s first visit to Cleveland on Nov. 18th which will air on ESPN. Cleveland will also appear in national television broadcasts on NBA TV on three occasions: at Denver on Nov. 7th, at Philadelphia on Dec. 5th and at Chicago on March 16th. All games will be broadcast locally, and regionally across the Cavaliers Radio Network, by the Cavaliers’ flagship station WTAM 1100 AM. The Cavaliers and FOX Sports Ohio will announce the local television broadcast schedule at a later date.

The 82-game schedule consists of 41 home and 41 road games. The Cavaliers will face each Eastern Conference opponent four times (twice at The Q and twice on the road) with the exception of Boston (one home, two road), New Jersey (two home, one road), Orlando (two home, one road) and Washington (one home, two road). Each Western Conference opponent will play the Cavaliers twice, once at The Q and once on the road.

Other ‘stats’ on Cleveland’s 2011-12 schedule include:
  • Nineteen home weekend games with 10 Friday games, four Saturday games and five Sunday games, including two Sunday matinee games (March 18th against Atlanta and March 25th versus the Phoenix).
  • A season-long four-game home stand on two occasions (Jan. 25-31 and Feb. 15-21).
  • A season-long six-game road trip from Jan. 4-15.
  • Nine home games during February, including a stretch from Feb. 8-21 in which they’ll play seven of eight at The Q.
  • Twenty sets of back-to-back games, including two home-home sets, 12 home-road sets, three road-home sets and three road-road sets.
  • Three occasions in which the Cavs will play four games in five nights and three instances in which the Cavs will play five games in seven nights.
  • Closing the regular season with four of the final six games at home, including the season finale on Wednesday, April 18th versus the New York Knicks.

Full season tickets and partial plans are currently on sale, and initial payments for group tickets (20 or more tickets to a single game) are now being accepted which will provide seating location priority. Single-game tickets will go on sale closer to the start of the season on a date to be announced. The Cavaliers season-long promotional schedule will also be announced closer to the start of the season. For ticket information, fans can call 1-800-820-CAVS or click here.