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Tuatara to start 2019-20 at home

The Auckland Tuatara will begin their second season in the Australian Baseball League at home against the Perth Heat while they welcome the New Year in with a much-anticipated series against Geelong Korea in Auckland.

The ABL today released the full 2019-20 playing schedule for all eight franchises.

The Tuatara will play out of a redeveloped North Harbour Stadium this summer and will show off their new ballpark with a series against the Heat starting on Thursday November 21.

They go on the road for the first time a week later when the side travels to Melbourne to take on the Aces at the venue of the Auckland franchise’s first ever away series win.

Steve Mintz’s side returns to Auckland for a series against division rivals the Canberra Cavalry from December 5-8 and the Sydney Blue Sox visit Auckland just before Christmas.

They will leave Auckland on Boxing Day for a road trip to Adelaide before returning for the series against Geelong Korea back in Auckland. One of the games between the Tuatara and Geelong Korea commanded a television audience of nearly a million people in Korea last season.

The Tuatara are then on the road for back-to-back series against Sydney and Canberra before a regular season finale back in Auckland against the four-time defending ABL champion Brisbane Bandits January 23-26.

Each series will consist of four games which will see them play 20 games at home and 20 on the road over the course of the 10-week regular season.

The Tuatara will play games on Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in their five home series.

Auckland Tuatara 2019-20 Season Schedule

Nov 21-24 v Perth Heat at North Harbour Stadium, Auckland

Nov 28-Dec 1 v Melbourne Aces at Melbourne

Dec 5-8 v Canberra Cavalry at North Harbour Stadium, Auckland

Dec 12-15 v Brisbane Bandits at Brisbane

Dec 19-22 v Sydney Blue Sox at North Harbour Stadium, Auckland

Dec 26-29 v Adelaide Bite at Adelaide

Jan 2-5 v Geelong Korea at North Harbour Stadium, Auckland

Jan 9-12 v Sydney Blue Sox at Sydney

Jan 16-19 v Canberra Cavalry at Canberra

Jan 23-26 v Brisbane Bandits at North Harbour Stadium, Auckland

Jan 29-Feb 9 Playoffs

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