Edmonton Stingers is likely one of the first groups in Canada to welcome followers again

The defending champion Edmonton Stingers of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is pleased to welcome the fans to their game against the Niagara River Lions on July 2nd at the Edmonton Expo Center with 30% occupancy.

Aside from the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL, who joined the

Run! Don’t walk to get the Friday tickets! First game with fans in the building since 2019!

Click the ticket link to see the defending champions battle the Niagara River Lions LIVE at 7:00 p.m. https://t.co/ZX2oDEbMIy

See you there 🏀 # FeelTheBuzz #OurGame pic.twitter.com/F9EVTGhOUS

– Edmonton Stingers (@ED_Stingers) June 29, 2021

The CEBL got the green light for a 14-game season that began on June 24th. The Stingers won their first game of the season 91-87 against the Hamilton Honey Badgers on June 26th. Striker Marlon Johnson scored a team-high 27 points in the win, while Shooting Guard Xavier Moon scored a double-double with 25 points and 11 assists.

The CEBL is a seven-team league, all of which are based in Canada. The league was founded in 2017 and played its first season in 2019. The Saskatchewan Rattlers won the league’s first championship that year, beating Hamilton in the final after beating the Stingers 85-83 in the semifinals.

Amid last year’s COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 season was played in bubble format with no fans in St. Catharines, Ontario, from July 25th to August 9th. The Stingers finished the six-game round robin with the best record, went 5-1 and earned a bye to the semifinals. There they defeated the Ottawa Blackjacks 88-75 before beating the Fraser Valley Bandits 90-73 in the finals to win the championship.

The championship trophy wasn’t the only piece of hardware the Stingers took home from St. Catharines last year. Moon, the nephew of former Toronto Raptors striker Jamario Moon, was named CEBL Player of the Year for the second year running, while Edmonton’s Jordan Baker was named Canadian Player of the Year. Head coach Jermaine Small was also named Coach of the Year.

The playoffs start on August 14th this year. The regular season’s top team will automatically get a place on the championship weekend with four teams, as will Edmonton, which will host the championship weekend from August 18-22. The next four best teams compete against each other for the other two places.

CBC Sports has partnered with CEBL and will broadcast seven games nationwide this season, including three Stingers games. CBC will also broadcast the semifinals and the finals. The rest of the games will be broadcast on CBC Gem or Twitch.

Tickets can be purchased through the Edmonton Stingers website.

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