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NCAA basketball tournament coming to Moncton

By Tara Clow Apr 3, 2023 | 12:30 PM

Another big sporting event is coming to the Hub City.

The City of Moncton has partnered with Events Moncton and On Ice Entertainment Inc. to host Atlantic Slam, an NCAA Division 1 College Basketball tournament.

Games will be played from November 16 to 19 at the Avenir Centre.

“Hosting a variety of events is part of the City’s event attraction strategy. We’ve been on the national and international stage as we welcomed hockey, curling, football, soccer, and track and field. We can now add U.S. college basketball to our list. Our experience, along with committed community volunteers and an incredible venue, makes us an attractive market for these types of tournaments. This is a unique opportunity for our residents to see college-level basketball live,” says Mayor Dawn Arnold.

It’s the first time this event has ever been held in Atlantic Canada.

“Moncton has earned a strong reputation as an event host, having successfully welcomed several international championships and numerous national competitions in recent years,” says Jeff Dunlap, NCAA coach. “Playing at the Avenir Centre will provide college athletes with a top-notch facility in which to showcase their skills while fans will experience top-level basketball played by outstanding athletes, some of whom may go on play in the NBA.”

Tickets for the event will be on sale in September. Further activities surrounding the tournament will be announced at a later date.


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