The Canberra Capitals will return to their spiritual home for the upcoming WNBL season, which coach Paul Goriss is relieved has been stretched.
They'll play all but two of their home games at the National Convention Centre, but have two home games at AIS Arena in the draw released on Tuesday.
They'll open their season against the Sydney Flames at Sydney Uni on October 12, with their first home game coming the following weekend against the Adelaide Lightning.
Capitals recruit Kaili McLaren is coming on a short-term deal, but could stay for longer.
"A couple of games at the AIS [this season]. NCC was unavailable so we weren't able to take some of the games there," Goriss said.
"Exciting to get back to what was the home of the Capitals at the AIS and we really want to do a good job of promoting the NCC and getting sellout crowds there.
"It would be even greater to tip the scale when we get to the AIS Arena."
Last year's fixture drew criticism because of it's condensed nature, forcing players into gruelling double headers almost every weekend.
But this year the season has been stretched out over a few extra weeks, allowing players more than just recovery time in between games.
"It's a relief for both coaches and players that it's been stretched out and obviously being back on Fox is a huge deal for women's basketball," Goriss said.
"Having the season stretched out by an extra four weeks from last year, gives us a bit more time for recovery, gives us a bit more chance to prepare and practice this season."
The Capitals completed their roster with the announcement of Kaili McLaren on a short-term on Tuesday.
She's initially signed until early December as cover for Marianna Tolo, who's on the comeback trail from a knee reconstruction and expected back on court mid November.
But Goriss said McLaren could stay for longer if it suited all parties.
"We wanted to get a good start to the season and we didn't want to wait and rely on Tolo to come in and hit the ground running," he said.
"So it covers Tolo, it covers Kelsey [Griffin] (hamstring), we don't have to overplay her in the first couple of rounds.
"It just provides some insurance to our front court and gives us some depth to cover while we ease Tolo back in.
"Right now it's through until the first week of December and then we'll see how things play out during the season."
CANBERRA CAPITALS WNBL DRAW
Round 1: Friday, October 12 – Sydney Flames v Canberra Capitals at Sydney Uni Sports Centre, 7pm.
Round 2: Friday, October 19 – Melbourne Boomers v Canberra Capitals at Geelong Arena, 7.30pm
Round 2: Sunday, October 21 – Canberra Capitals v Adelaide Lightning at National Convention Centre, 2pm.
Round 3: Friday, October 26 – Canberra Capitals v Melbourne Boomers at AIS Arena, 7pm.
Round 4: Sunday, November 4 – Canberra Capitals v Sydney Flames at National Convention Centre, 2pm.
Round 5: Saturday, November 10 – Perth Lynx v Canberra Capitals at Bendat Basketball Centre, 12pm.
Round 6: Sunday, November 18 – Canberra Capitals v Dandenong Rangers at National Convention Centre, 2pm.
Round 7: Friday, November 23 – Canberra Capitals v Melbourne Boomers at National Convention Centre, 7pm.
Round 8: Friday, November 30 – Perth Lynx v Canberra Capitals at Bendat Basketball Centre, 6.30pm.
Round 8: Sunday, December 2 – Adelaide Lightning v Canberra Capitals at Adelaide Arena, 3pm.
Round 9: Sunday, December 9 – Canberra Capitals v Bendigo Spirit at National Convention Centre, 2pm.
Round 10: Friday, December 14 – Adelaide Lightning v Canberra Capitals at Adelaide Arena, 7pm.
Round 10: Sunday, December 16 – Canberra Capitals v Perth Lynx at National Convention Centre, 5pm.
Round 11: Friday, December 21 – Canberra Capitals v Dandenong Rangers at National Convention Centre, 7pm.
Round 11: Sunday, December 23 – Townsville Fire v Canberra Capitals at Townsville Arena, 3pm.
Round 12: Friday, December 28 – Canberra Capitals v Townsville Fire at National Convention Centre, 7pm.
Round 12: Sunday, December 30 – Dandenong Rangers v Canberra Capitals at Dandenong Stadium, 3pm.
Round 13: Friday, January 4 – Canberra Capitals v Bendigo Spirit at AIS Arena, 7pm.
Round 14: Friday, January 11 – Townsville Fire v Canberra Capitals at Townsville Stadium, 7pm.
Round 14: Sunday, January 13 – Sydney Flames v Canberra Capitals at Sydney Olympic Park, 12.30pm.
Round 15: Saturday, January 19 – Bendigo Spirit v Canberra Capitals at Bendigo Stadium, 3pm.
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