(Belle River, ON) - The Windsor Express held a press conference Wednesday at the Atlas Tube Centre to announce the location of where the team will play the first two rounds of the 2017 NBL Canada Playoffs.
Due to the Memorial Cup taking place at the WFCU Centre in May, the Express needed to find an alternate location for home games while the building is being fully occupied over the course of two weeks.
The Atlas Tube Centre, in Belle River, was chosen as the site for the first two rounds of playoff home games. If the Express advance to the league finals in June, the WFCU Centre will be able to host that series.
Opened in 2014, the Atlas Tube Centre is home to the Lakeshore Canadiens of the Provincial Junior Hockey League. For a basketball configuration the main rink will seat approximately 1,600.
The seating layout will feature 954 fixed stadium style chairs, 384 floor seats, 100 bleacher seats, as well as a 200-person standing room capacity.
Floor seats will be reserved while all other seats will be general admission.
Ticket sales will be available online at www.wfcu-centre.com,
in person at the WFCU Centre box office and at the front desk of the Atlas Tube Centre. Tickets will also be available at the door, at the Atlas Tube Centre, on playoff game days.
Playoff ticket packages for the first two rounds will be offered to season ticket holders. A separate package for the finals will be available should the Express reach that round.
Tickets are expected to go on sale Friday April 21st. The first round is set to begin May 4th.
The Windsor Express have planned some dates to make the team accessible to the surrounding Lakeshore community including three open practices at the Atlas Tube Centre on April 13th, 20th and 27th from 4-6pm.
A youth basketball skills clinic will also be offered by the team on Friday April 21st from 6-8pm at the Atlas Tube Centre. A donation of $10 to the Essex Area Food Bank is all that is required for registration. Parents can register their children by emailing Houssain at firstname.lastname@example.org