Season tickets for the Fraser Valley’s newest professional sports franchise, the Fraser Valley Bandits of the Canadian Elite Basketball League, go on sale Thursday, November 15 at 10 a.m. on

With 10 home games played at the Abbotsford Centre, one of the Fraser Valley’s premier entertainment venues, game days will feature an electric atmosphere and will capitalize on the venue’s breadth of resources. Known for hosting world-class performers and athletes, fans and audiences will be treated to edge of your seat action before, during and after world class professional basketball games. Season tickets are priced from $179 to $279 in the seating bowl, and $400 to $625 for courtside seats on the floor. Individual game tickets are expected to go on sale next spring.

The Bandits open their inaugural season Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m. against the Guelph Nighthawks. Modelled after top international professional leagues, the CEBL is comprised of teams in Fraser Valley (Abbotsford), Hamilton, Edmonton, Guelph, Niagara (St. Catharines), and Saskatchewan (Saskatoon). Each team plays 10 home and 10 road games using FIBA (International Basketball Federation) rules, and player and referee standards set by Canada Basketball. Rosters will be comprised of at least 70 percent Canadian players, many playing professionally in North America and overseas during the traditional basketball season.

A league created by Canadians for Canadians, the league is operated primarily by Canadian executives from the NBA, NHL, CFL, NLL, and PGA Tour. The 15-week schedule will see each team play each other twice at home and twice on the road. Four teams will advance to a championship weekend tournament at a location to be announced at a later date.

“This is a special moment in the history of professional sports in the Fraser Valley. We have received an incredibly warm reception from fans across the region, and we are proud to continue working towards rewarding passionate fans with an unforgettable night of family-friendly entertainment that will bring audiences to their feet,” said Lee Genier, President and COO of CEBL Western Operations.

“With a purchase of season tickets, fans will receive exclusive season ticket member benefits and will be treated to 10 special and memorable home game experiences fueled by the entertainment elements stationed within and around the Abbotsford Centre.”

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