My remarks (VIDEO) welcoming them are HERE!
Thank you Longo’s for choosing Guelph and we wish you much success!
Further information please visit the league website at www.cebl.ca
“Guelph already has excellent grassroots basketball organizations and raving fans of the game. I’m sure they’re eager to see professional basketball come to our beautiful downtown in the Sleeman Centre. The CEBL was looking for one of the top 50 communities in Canada and our city won’t let them down.”
Mayor Cam Guthrie
CEBL Press Release:
Guelph, October 31, 2017 – The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is pleased to announce its
first team – naming Guelph Professional Basketball Club (team name to be chosen at a later date) as the
league’s first entrant. The City of Guelph is proud to partner with the CEBL’s Launch Committee in
bringing professional basketball to the City’s beautiful downtown spectator facility, the Sleeman Centre.
The team will appoint a Director of Operations in the coming weeks, after which the organization will
begin connecting with its host region.
CEBL officials are elated to welcome the City of Guelph as the first CEBL territory. “Guelph checks off all
of our boxes for what we know will be a great home for elite-level, professional basketball. In accepting
the bid, it was important that we stuck to our initiative of region’s falling within Canada’s top 50
municipalities. As a league, we were pleased to work with Guelph’s City officials during the bid and
selection process making the city a natural fit for professional basketball,” said a member of the CEBL’s
“Fans of sport entertainment can rest assured that the Guelph Professional Basketball Club will
commence operations in the CEBL’s inaugural season. At the present time, the Guelph territory will be
owned by the CEBL and managed by local professional staff. The long-term intention of the CEBL is to
have all territories owned and operated by local owners, with existing relationships in a host community.
However, in an effort to stabilize this operation from the initial launch, we (CEBL) are comfortable owning
the territory until a strong group of local investors comes forward,” said the league’s spokesperson.
Guelph City officials were quick to jump at the opportunity that comes with bringing another premier
tenant to their spectator facility. “We are excited that the CEBL has chosen Guelph as one of its first
territories for their first season,” said Danna Evans, General Manager of Culture, Tourism and Community
Investment with the City of Guelph, “A summer basketball league is a great fit for the Sleeman Centre,
downtown and the Guelph community.”
I had a moment yesterday where I wanted to tell you just a few of the reasons why I think a potential merger between Guelph Hydro and Alectra would be the right fit for our community.
Watch the video HERE
Make sure you go to www.energizingtomorrow.ca as well for all of your questions and answers!
Yesterday , October 28th from 12-3pm, our Downtown Trick-or-Treating Event was back for its 2nd year and WAY BIGGER! There was over twice the number of participating stores, and City Hall got into the spooky spirit! We even had a small haunted house area that was certainly scary!
It started at the Guelph Public Library on Norfolk to hear a spooky story, and then you picked up a map of the participating stores.
Everyone then visited whichever stores they liked to receive candy (and maybe some other treats), and get the map stamped.
There was well over 300 kids who came out – it was a blast! Here’s a video of just some of the kids that came through! Click HERE!
There are several events coming up so please take the time to click HERE and see what they are!
Always thankful to our local veterans and the Legion for all they do in Guelph, and for the efforts into the poppy ceremony where we raise the poppy flag!