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Yale Bulldogs (Blue) and Weber State Wildcats (White) starting there game. Image/Submitted: Isabelle LeBlanc

Local basketball makes Atlantic Slam tournament possible: City of Moncton

By Regis Phillips May 24, 2024 | 10:00 AM

From the World Juniors to the CFL, Moncton continues to host national and international sporting events.

Basketball fans have the chance to watch the NCAA once again. The Atlantic Slam tournament returns this fall at the Avenir Centre.

City Communications Director Isabelle LeBlanc believes Moncton has the potential to host NBA games.

“We’re always open to entertaining any idea that the people will have, and if it can work for everyone and the community gets behind it then who knows what we can attract here in Moncton,” said LeBlanc.

Atlantic Slam officials said the Big South Conference will also return once again with the selected teams being announced at a later date.

LeBlanc says the city’s growing interest in basketball is why the tournament has returned.

“I think with the success of March Madness this year, and particularly the women’s game, the numbers from what we’re hearing from Basketball Moncton is that it’s still growing,” she says.

Local events include the Atlantic Slam coaches clinic and the Norval McConnell 3-on-3 basketball tournament taking place on September 5.

Tournament packages are on sale while individual tickets will be available at a later date.