Hamilton Honey Badgers tickets go on sale as Ontario CEBL teams welcome back crowds

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Published July 16, 2021 at 12:15 am

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Tickets for Hamilton Honey Badgers games so on sale Friday morning as they ready to be the city’s first pro sports team to play in front of of a home crowd during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canadian Elite Basketball League franchise, led on the floor by one-time NBA prospect Lindell Wigginton, has three home dates left in the pandemic-compacted regular season. Hamilton’s first game at FirstOntario Centre since 2019 is on Wednesday, July 21 against the Ottawa BlackJacks. They also host the Fraser Valley Bandits on July 23 and will welcome the Niagara River Lions for their regular-season finale on Aug. 5.

Under Step  3 of Ontario’s reopening plan, the CEBL’s four Ontario-based teams have been permitted to allow up to 1,000 fans per game to attend for the rest of the season.

Forge FC’s first opportunity to play in front of fans at Tim Hortons Field will come on Aug. 4 when the pro soccer club hosts El Salvador’s Club Deportivo Futbolistas in Concacaf League competition. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will start their Canadian Football League with three away games before their scheduled Sept. 6 opener against the Toronto Argonauts.

The seven-team CEBL, which plays a summertime season and focuses on Canadian players who spend the winner either professionally overseas or in the Canadian university ranks, is in its third season. The CEBL was the first league in Canada to return to play in 2020 after the onset of COVID-19, playing a ‘bubble season’ in St. Catharines.

The league’s championship weekend will be held in Edmonton from Aug. 18 to 22. All CEBL games are streamed on CBC Gem and Twitch.

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