This summer, the City of Edmonton transforms into 'Hoopcity Canada', as the Alberta Basketball Association (ABA) welcomes ballers from across the country and beyond to a celebration of the world.
For the first time, the Edmonton Heritage Festival will host the FIBA 3x3 Challenger and FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series events over the August long weekend, while the Canada Basketball 15U and 17U Boys National Championships take over the Saville Community Sports Centre in the first week of August.
“The Alberta Basketball Association has established itself as one of the great creative forces in hosting creative, entertaining and dynamic basketball events," says Paul Sir, ABA Executive Director.
"With the tremendous support of the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Events, the Province of Alberta and our loyal sponsors, the ABA team will be bringing the best in the world of men's and women's 3x3 to the colorful cultural celebration of the Edmonton Heritage Festival. We then seamlessly move to the world class Saville Centre to host Canada Basketball's Boys U15 and U17 National Championships.
"Our goal is to showcase two fantastic events as we proudly declare to the world that Edmonton is Hoopcity Canada."
The FIBA 3x3 events will be part of the Taste of Edmonton celebration from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31st. Taste of Edmonton, where the vibrant and lively Churchill Square serves as the backdrop to one of the country’s most talked about food festivals. The eleven day event boasts live performances of all genres, daily entertainment, and of course, features the best of Edmonton’s culinary scene.
Running on July 29 and 30, the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series showcases the world’s best women's 3x3 teams competing in the No 1 event on the women’s 3x3 professional circuit. Edmonton has a rich history with the event, having hosted the inaugural Women’s Series Final Stop in 2019. Team Canada featuring Michelle and Katherine Plouffe, will be competing in their hometown.
Running July 30 and July 31, the FIBA 3x3 Challenger features some of the top-ranked men's teams on the FIBA 3x3 World Tour competing for a spot in the FIBA 3x3 Masters. Edmonton previously hosted two hugely popular Challenger events in 2018 and 2019.
U15 and U17 boys' teams representing each of the country’s 10 provinces will be part of the Canada Basketball National Championships, Monday, August 1, to Saturday, August 6, at the Saville Centre on the University of Alberta’s south campus.
This marks the first time Edmonton has hosted Boys Nationals since 2014. The annual championships are a showcase of the future of Canadian basketball, with past participants including the likes of New York Knicks star RJ Barrett.
Additional details are to be announced in the coming weeks.