November 20, 2019

Professional basketball is coming to The Arena at TD Place

That glorious sound of sneakers on the court. Fast breaks. Big dunks. Big blocks. Agility and athleticism that is off the charts. That’s all coming soon to The Arena at TD Place. Ottawa was just announced as the 7th franchise in the new Canadian Elite Basketball League.

The Team: the Ottawa BlackJacks.

Named after the most elusive jackrabbit on the planet, the Ottawa BlackJacks are not your typical bunny. BlackJacks are incredibly fast, capable of reaching speeds in excess of 70 kilometres per hour and can outrun many of its opponents. Tremendous leapers, the BlackJacks have very strong legs and can jump more than 10 feet, which is the same height as a basketball net. Equipped with a black tail and incredible defence, the BlackJacks are often hungry creatures because of their work ethic and can consume large quantities of food. BlackJacks travel the world throughout the year but love to return home to Ottawa during the spring and summer months, when they are most productive. With such a large basketball community in the Ottawa area, BlackJacks population is set to climb substantially in the coming year

The League: the Canadian Elite Basketball League. aka the CEBL

The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is a domestic professional basketball league with teams located in Edmonton, Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, BC), Guelph, Hamilton, Niagara (St. Catharines), Saskatchewan, and now Ottawa. Successfully launched in 2019, the CEBL provides fans with a premium, family-friendly, sport and entertainment option from May to August. Professional basketball players, coaches, officials and staff grow and develop the sport of basketball at the highest level on home soil. The CEBL operates in accordance with the player and referee standards set by Canada Basketball as the only First Division premier league in the country. The league proudly adheres to the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) rules and regulations. CEBL players come from NBA G-League clubs, other Division 1 FIBA leagues around the world, top NCAA programs, the Canadian national program, and from U SPORTS. The 2019 inaugural season saw more than 100 Canadian and international players take to the court, culminating with the Saskatchewan Rattlers earning the first CEBL championship trophy. To learn more about the CEBL, visit cebl.ca

“We are excited to welcome the Ottawa BlackJacks to TD Place, the organization that manages the city’s downtown sports and entertainment venue and its surrounding Lansdowne lifestyle district. With the men’s and women’s U SPORTS Final 8 Championships coming to TD Place in March, it’s a perfect time to add professional basketball to our local sports landscape. The BlackJacks deliver high-end play on the court and a modern vibe in the air so it’s going to be something very new and exciting for the fans in our region.”

– Mark Goudie, President and CEO, OSEG

Basketball fans in the Ottawa/Gatineau region can get a jump start on the action through the BlackJacks first season ticket deposit drive, which launched in conjunction with Wednesday’s announcement. A $50 non-refundable deposit guarantees fans front of the line access to celebrity, courtside and lower bowl tickets in the Arena at TD Place, in addition to a limited-edition Ottawa BlackJacks official New Era team T-shirt. For more information or to secure your part of Ottawa basketball history, visit www.theBlackJacks.ca.

Flex and Voucher Packs, Group Tickets and Single-Game Tickets will go on sale in early 2020.