Utah Jazz Announces 2011-12 Regular Season Schedule
SALT LAKE CITY (December 6, 2011) – The Utah Jazz announced today the team’s 2011-12 regular season schedule. The Jazz will tip off the 2011-12 campaign at STAPLES Center against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 27. The Jazz will then stay on the road for the team’s first back-to-back of the season, traveling to Denver to play the Nuggets on December 28. Utah’s home opener comes two days later when the Jazz hosts the Philadelphia 76ers on December 30.
Utah is scheduled to appear on national television 12 times overall during the 2011-12 campaign and once on national radio. The Jazz will appear on two TNT broadcasts (12/27 at L.A. Lakers and 1/19 vs. Dallas), six ESPN broadcasts (2/1 vs. L.A. Clippers, 2/10 vs. Oklahoma City, 2/12 at Memphis, 3/14 at Phoenix, 3/23 vs. Denver and 4/21 vs. Orlando), four NBA TV broadcasts (12/31 at San Antonio, 1/14 vs. New Jersey, 1/28 vs. Sacramento and 2/6 at New York) and once on ESPN Radio (1/19 vs. Dallas). The Jazz’s local television broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.
The Jazz will play all Eastern Conference teams at least once each with the exception of three Eastern Conference teams they will face twice. The three teams include the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers. Utah will play Western Conference teams at least three times each, with the exception of six Western Conference teams they will face four times. The six teams include the Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, L.A. Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs.
The opener against Los Angeles will mark the third time in Jazz franchise history that the Jazz and Lakers have faced each other in the season opener, with two games coming in Salt Lake City and one in Los Angeles. The Jazz and Lakers also met in Utah’s season opener in 1997-98, 1999-00 and 2004-05.
Utah’s month-by-month break down includes four games in December (one home, three road), 15 games in January (12 home, three road), 15 games in February (six home, nine road), 19 games in March (seven home, 12 road) and 13 games in April (eight home, five road). The schedule features 22 back-to-back sets (two – home/home, seven – away/away, seven – home/away, six – away/home), including one back-to-back-to-back (2/12-2/14 at Memphis, New Orleans and Oklahoma City). The Jazz will face three road trips of three games each and one trip of five games.
Other games of note include two home games each with Dirk Nowitzki and the World Champion Dallas Mavericks (1/19, 4/16), the Kobe Bryant-led Los Angeles Lakers (1/11, 2/4) and former Brigham Young University standout Jimmer Fredette’s Sacramento Kings (1/28, 3/30). The Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat, featuring Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, will make its only appearance in Salt Lake City on 3/2.
Jazz single-game tickets will go on sale this Friday, December 9 at 10 a.m. MT at utahjazz.com and the EnergySolutions Arena box office. 2011-12 season ticket packages are currently available and may be purchased by calling (801) 355-DUNK or online at utahjazz.com. Preseason tickets are now on sale.