The UBC Thunderbirds men’s basketball team will have a tougher than usual opponent later this month.
The Chinese national basketball team will visit UBC’s 2,862-seat War Memorial Gym, for an exhibition game against the T-Birds on Wednesday, June 20.
“This is a great opportunity for our UBC men’s basketball program,” said Thunderbirds head coach Kevin Hanson. “This will also give basketball fans in Vancouver the chance to watch exciting basketball in the unique confines of War Memorial Gymnasium. It’s always exciting to play against next level international competition and the experience will certainly enhance our players’ development. We are honoured to host Team China at UBC and we look forward to this exciting opportunity.”
The game precedes China’s exhibition games against Canada at Rogers Arena on Friday, June 22, and in Victoria two days later. Both Canada and China are preparing for FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying.
“We are so thrilled with the opportunity to be hosting team China,” said UBC president Santa Ono. “It will no doubt be a special event that will draw great interest from both our campus community as well as the local basketball community. This will be a rare opportunity for our student-athletes to face international competition and gain valuable experience while also creating memories that should last a lifetime.”
China finished in 12th place at the 2016 Summer Olympics in men’s basketball and is currently ranked 28th in the world.
Tickets for the event are quite reasonable, starting at just $5 at the door, or $6 online.
When: Wednesday, June 20 at 7 pm
Where: UBC War Memorial Gym – 272-6081 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $5 at the door, $6 online