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PC Government Steps Up to Help Winnipeg be the Host City for the CEBL Championship in 2025

Thursday, August 3, 2023 - Today the PC Government provide financial support to the city's newest professional sports team, the Winnipeg Sea Bears for their bid to host the 2025 Championship Weekend.

The $1-million commitment would help support the required upgrades and resources necessary to strengthen the Winnipeg Sea Bears bid for hosting the championship. These upgrades would also support the team’s ability to expand its year-round community programming, which would improve the quality and growth of basketball in Manitoba.

“The Sea Bears have already had an enormous impact on Manitoba’s sport scene,” said Stefanson. “They are bringing more people downtown to enjoy all Winnipeg has to offer. That is why we are thrilled to provide $1 million toward their bid for the 2025 CEBL championship games, which will bring even more economic stimulus downtown.”

The Winnipeg Sea Bears will be host a playoff game in their first season, after finishing second in the CEBL Western Conference. The game will take place tomorrow at Canada Life Centre against the Edmonton Stingers and tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.

“We sincerely appreciate the Manitoba government’s support in our inaugural season and their commitment to support the growth of sport and culture throughout our province,” said Jason Smith, president, Winnipeg Sea Bears. “We are confident hosting the 2025 CEBL Championship Weekend will create significant community and economic benefits for the province, and will showcase Winnipeg as an elite destination of choice.”

The CEBL Championship Weekend will showcase the top four CEBL teams and feature a five-day festival, annual awards, a concert featuring top local and Canadian artists, a youth basketball tournament, community clinics and a championship after party. It is anticipated that the weekend will bring in more than 1,300 visitors and engage more than 10,000 spectators through a variety of activities and programming.


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