Abbotsford – The CEBL, Canadian Elite Basketball League, announced their Abbotsford based team on Monday.
The Fraser Valley Bandits who will begin play in 2019 at the Abbotsford Centre. This will be the first major sports franchise in the building since the demise of the AHL Abbotsford Heat.
The six team cross country league will start play in May 2019 with a 20 game schedule. Playoffs set for August 2019. The CEBL consists of Fraser Valley, Edmonton, Hamilton, Guelph, Saskatoon and Niagara.
The CEBL is the only league in the country associated with FIBA – the international governing body for Basketball. FIBA is to hoops what FIFA is to soccer on a global scale.
Lee Genier, President & COO, Western Operations, CEBL stated:Having spent most of my adult life in professional and Olympic sports, I’m honoured to help bring the Valley Bandits to the Fraser Valley. People here put an emphasis on quality of life, and it’s a privilege to be able to deliver an exceptional entertainment option that will further enhance the many attributes that make this one of Canada’s most special regions.
The Canadian Elite Basketball League is created by Canadians for Canadians. More people play basketball than any other sport in North America, and it’s the second-fastest growing sport in Canada. The professional basketball we’re bringing to the Valley is surpassed only by the Toronto Raptors in terms of level of play in Canada. With this being the only FIBA-affiliated league in Canada, avid fans will appreciate the world class players and the fast-paced 40-minute international style game.
Fans and non-basketball fans alike will enjoy a robust game day experience that will make all home dates at the Abbotsford Centre a major event. Full scale entertainment will be delivered before, during and after each game, with an electric atmosphere that’s sure to bring everyone back week after week.
I invite those looking to experience a new professional sports and entertainment option to open their minds, and get ready for fast-paced pro basketball in an atmosphere that resembles a rock concert. It will be an experience not to be missed!