Meet the Glebe’s pro basketball team: The Ottawa BlackJacks!
The Glebe is getting a professional basketball team.
The Ottawa BlackJacks – the city’s newest professional sports team announced Wednesday – will start laying it up at TD Place next spring. The team will play in the Canadian Elite Basketball League, which features Edmonton, Guelph, Fraser Valley, Hamilton, Niagara and the reigning champs the Saskatchewan Rattlers.
“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,” said Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group CEO Mark Goudie. “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.”
Ottawa can officially begin to sign players as of Feb. 1, but one thing that could draw players to the team is the fact that they can earn up to $1,500 per game between May and August when other professional and university leagues are on hiatus.
The BlackJacks inaugural season schedule will be released on November 26 as part of the release of the entire CEBL season schedule. The CEBL will begin the process of hiring senior administration for the BlackJacks immediately.
But while the season won’t start until May of 2020, fans don’t have to wait to get a jump on tickets, as the team announced a first season ticket deposit drive Wednesday during the announcement. A $50 non-refundable deposit guarantees that you will get front of the line access to celebrity, courtside and lower bowl tickets at TD Place. You’ll also get a spiffy new BlackJacks T-shirt. Click here to reserve your spot now.
“The CEBL is thrilled to welcome the Ottawa BlackJacks to its roster of professional basketball clubs,” said CEO and Commissioner of the Canadian Elite Basketball League Mike Morreale in a release. “Ottawa/Gatineau and the surrounding area has a history of basketball excellence. The game was invented in Almonte, which is about 40-minutes west of the city. We look forward to bringing a family-oriented, basketball and entertainment experience to the Arena at TD Place.
For more information, visit www.theblackjacks.ca.