Edmonton home to Canada's senior women's basketball team
Team to train at Saville Community Sports Centre on University of Alberta's south campus
Edmonton will be the year-round home base for Canada's senior women's national basketball team, city council has officially announced.
The team will train at the Saville Community Sports Centre, a 32,516-square-metre multi-sport facility with 12 basketball courts located on the University of Alberta's south campus.
Members of the team were officially introduced and welcomed in their new home court on Thursday.
The city has been trying to secure the team for two years. In May, council passed a motion to allow the funding that would bring the team to Edmonton.
"We came up with money, let's be fair. You know, this facility is what drew Basketball Canada here, because it is probably the best in North America," said Mayor Stephen Mandel.
With a new home in Edmonton, city council believes there will be opportunities to reach out to inner-city children and at-risk youth.
"We know for the next four years, with the right of first refusal through 2020, this team's going to be here," said Paul Sir, the executive director of Basketball Alberta.
"They're going to be here, there's no doubt, one season to the next."
The team has begun practices, which are open to the public.