Tourism Vancouver, along with U.S.-based bd Global and Sport Hosting Vancouver partners recently announced that an exciting new basketball tournament is coming annually to Vancouver, beginning November 2017. The Vancouver Basketball Showcase is a new National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I men's and women's basketball tournament that will be played under the iconic sails of the Vancouver Convention Centre. The tournament will take place during the American Thanksgiving holiday week and draw eight men's and eight women's basketball teams, as well as support staff and fans.
The Vancouver Convention Centre's exhibition space will be transformed into a 3,000-plus seat venue, complete with portable bleachers, portable floor, goals (baskets), and video boards to provide a first-class fan experience at every game.
"Vancouver has proven itself as a world-class destination for major sporting events, so we are very excited to bring the first regular-season NCAA Division I college basketball tournaments ever played in Canada to this extraordinary city," said Brooks Downing, president and CEO of bd Global. "Given the destination, combined with our unique site at the Vancouver Convention Centre, this annual event will be very successful for years to come."
Teams for the inaugural event in 2017 will be announced at a later date. Organizers expect part if not all of the event to be televised in both the U.S. and Canada.
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