Elite FIBA 3×3 Events Coming to Downtown Edmonton
The world’s best 3×3 ballers are blazing a trail through downtown Edmonton this August long weekend.
ICE District Plaza will host FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series and FIBA 3×3 Challenger events July 29-31, in what is the first sporting event to be held at the sparkling town square at the terminus of Rogers Place.
“We are thrilled to announce these new details,” says Paul Sir, Executive Director of Alberta Basketball Association (ABA). “ICE District Plaza is a spectacular setting to showcase 3×3 at its highest levels, and we are looking forward to three days of tremendous competition and experiencing the energy from the crowds in downtown Edmonton.”
A stacked field is set the for FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series Edmonton 2022, July 29-30, including the top two teams in the latest standings, France and Germany. Canada’s lineup features hometown heroes Michelle and Katherine Plouffe, who just last month helped their national team capture silver at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup in Belgium.
Three of the top six teams in the current FIBA 3×3 World Tour standings, Antwerp (third), Princeton (fourth), and Amsterdam (sixth) are slated to compete at the ABA Edmonton Challenger 2022, July 30-31, which serves as a qualifier for the FIBA 3×3
Montreal Masters in September. The 13-team field includes entrants from nine different countries, including Canada.
Edmonton boasts a rich history of world class 3×3 competition, having previously hosted two hugely popular Challenger events in 2018 and 2019, as well as the inaugural Women’s Series Final Stop in 2019
The 2022 events were set to take place at Hawrelak Park during the Edmonton Heritage Festival, before being moved due to circumstances beyond the organizers’ control.
“We greatly appreciate our partners at the Heritage Festival and are disappointed we could not proceed with our original plans,” Sir says. “This has presented us the great opportunity to work with Oilers Entertainment Group at our new location, where we can deliver a truly special experience for athletes and spectators alike.”