OUA Showcase hits 2016 NBA All-Star Centre Court at Enercare Centre

OUA Showcase hits 2016 NBA All-Star Centre Court at Enercare Centre

BURLINGTON, Ont. - With the best basketball players in the world set to descend upon Toronto next weekend for NBA All-Star 2016, Ontario University Athletics (OUA) men’s and women’s basketball will also take to NBA Centre Court as part of the weekend festivities.

On Saturday, Feb. 13 2016, the five-time defending CIS women’s basketball champion Windsor Lancers will take on the OUA East division leading No. 10 ranked Queen’s Gaels, while on Sunday, the No. 1 nationally-ranked Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team will tip off against the crosstown rival University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

Both OUA showcase games will take place on “Home Court” at the Enercare Centre in Toronto, Ont. and are scheduled to tipoff at approximately 4:30 p.m.  Those interested in attending the OUA men's and women's basketball game are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited.

Tickets are general admission with standard tickets costing $30, while child tickets (2-14) are $15.  OUA fans wishing to watch the games can receive a $5 discount by using the promo code 5OFFOUA.  Tickets are on sale now at NBATickets.com or click here to buy tickets now.

“Basketball fans from across the world will be in Toronto to take part in the NBA All-Star Game festivities and this will be an unbelievable opportunity to showcase OUA basketball,” said Gord Grace, OUA CEO. 

“The thrill those young men and women will feel when they step out onto the court will be a memory they will have for the rest of their lives.”

NBA Centre Court is one of the many ways fans can be a part of the excitement.  NBA Centre Court at Enercare Centre will celebrate the game of basketball and engage fans of all ages by offering activities, skills competitions and programming on more than 40 courts and baskets.

Beginning Friday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. ET, NBA Centre Court at Enercare Centre will offer activities, skills competitions and programming on more than 40 courts and baskets. Fans will get a chance to participate in hands-on instructional clinics conducted by current and former NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League (NBA D-League) players, test their skills at the NBA Fan Combine, and meet and get free autographs from current and former players, mascots and dance teams. The three-day event will also include an NBA All-Star Shop, offering a wide selection of merchandise.

NBA All-Star 2016 dates and times are as follows:

 Friday February 12th 2016

4:00pm – NBA Centre Court  (Enercare Centre)

7:00pm – NBA All Star Celebrity Game (Ricoh Coliseum)

9:00pm – NBA Rising Stars Challenge (Air Canada Centre)

Saturday February 13th 2016

9:00am – NBA Centre Court (Enercare Centre)

11:00am – NBA All Star Practice  (Ricoh Coliseum)

2:00pm – NBA Centre Court (Enercare Centre)

2:00pm – D League All Star Game (Ricoh Coliseum)

4:30pm – OUA Women’s Basketball: Windsor Lancers vs. Queen’s Gaels (Home Court @ Enercare Centre)

8:30pm – State Farm All-Star Saturday Night (Air Canada Centre)

Sunday February 14th 2016

9:00am – NBA Centre Court  (Enercare Centre)

2:00pm – NBA Centre Court (Enercare Centre)

4:30pm – OUA Men’s Basketball: Ryerson Rams vs. Toronto Varsity Blues (Home Court @ Enercare Centre)

8:30pm – 65th NBA All Star Game (Air Canada Centre)

OUA is proud to partner with the NBA and be involved in NBA All-Star 2016.  Buzz has been building across the province as the Bell NBA All-Star Challenge, presented by AIR MILES, has visited university facilities, giving Canadians the chance to participate in a 3-point shootout, skills challenge and dunk competition.

NBA All-Star 2016 will also celebrate the 125th anniversary of the invention of the game by Canadian James Naismith.  On December 21st, 1881, while teaching at Springfield College in Massachusetts, Naismith introduced the first game of Basket Ball to his class.  NBA All-Star 2016 is the first event to be held outside the United States and with the rising talent in the province and country, Canada is officially on the basketball map.   

The Ryerson and Toronto game was originally scheduled for Nov. 28 and was rescheduled earlier this season to be included in the event.

For more information on NBA Centre Court and the OUA Showcase games, follow @NBAAllStar and @OUAsport on Twitter. Fans can also be part of the conversation and share their NBA Centre Court experiences using #NBACentreCourt and #OUA.