WINNIPEG — Canada’s national men’s basketball team will hit the court this summer in a send-off game against Nigeria at Bell MTS Place.
The two teams will meet Friday, August 9 as they each prepare for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China (August 31-September 15, 2019).
“This is going to be an exciting game against a talented and athletic Nigerian national team. Only a few weeks away from the start of the FIBA World Cup, our game in Winnipeg will be very important for our team’s preparation,” said Glen Grunwald, president and CEO, Canada Basketball.
“I expect we’ll have Canada’s most talented team ever, with most of our NBA players proudly representing their country.”
The event marks the first time in 20 years the city has hosted an international competition featuring the senior men’s national team.
Canada last faced Nigeria in preliminary round play at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Presale tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. General tickets go on sale Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m. starting at $19.95 plus fees. Courtside seats will be $250.
Canada Basketball CEO Glen Grunwald announces that the Senior Men’s National Team will host Team Nigeria on Fri August 9, 2019 at Bell MTS Place! #manitobabasketball #basketballmanitoba #livebasketball #mbhoops #canadabasketball pic.twitter.com/rsdLRrvbrW
— Basketball Manitoba (@basketballmb) April 29, 2019