(BELLE RIVER, ON) – The Windsor Express has announced that the team will play the first two rounds of the 2017 NBL Canada Playoffs at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore. The Express found an alternate location for home games while the WFCU Centre is being occupied by the Memorial Cup over the course of two weeks in May.
If the Express advance to the league finals in June, the team will return to playing at their regular home for the 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, 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 during 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 21, once the playoff schedule is announced. The first round is set to begin May 4.
The Windsor Express will be making community appearances in Lakeshore, including three open practices at the Atlas Tube Centre on April 13, 20, and 27 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm.
A youth basketball skills clinic will be hosted by the team on April 21 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm 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 email.