Western Slam

Western Slam

November 28th 2024, Thursday, 12:00 AM to November 30th 2024, Saturday, 12:00 AM

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Inaugural Western Slam Event Set to Ignite Southern Alberta with NCAA Basketball Fever

The heart of Southern Alberta is poised to become the epicenter of basketball excitement as the inaugural Western Slam Event gears up to take the region by storm. This electrifying event is set to unite athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts in a grand celebration of the sport and the vibrant community that fuels its passion.

Event Overview:
The Western Slam Event is a dynamic showcase of basketball talent, scheduled to unfold from November 28 to November 30, 2024. Anchored at the renowned ENMAX Centre and Lethbridge College, this event promises to be a monumental occasion for both the basketball community and the Southern Alberta region. From November 28 to 30, four dynamic NCAA teams will engage in six intense games over three action-packed days, competing in the ENMAX Centre.

Participants:

On Ice Entertainment in association with the ENMAX Center and the City of Lethbridge are please to announce the 2024 participants!

2024 marks the inaugural Western Slam, an in season, NCAA D! MTE (multi team event) tournament.

Each team will play 3 games for a total of 6 games over 3 days. Thanks to our partnership with the Big South all games will be seen on ESPN+

The 2024 Western Slam participants are:

  • From the Conference USA - Coach Pettway and the Kennesaw State Owls

  • From the Costal Conference – Coach Skerry and the Towson University Tigers

  • From the Big West Conference – Coach Turner and the U C Irvine Anteaters

  • From the Mid America Conference – Coach Senderoff and the Kent State Golden Flashes

Tentative Schedule

Thursday - game one – Kennesaw vs U C Irvine
Thursday – game two – Towson vs Kent State
Friday – game one – Kennesaw vs Towson
Friday game two – Kent State vs U C Irvine
Saturday- game one – Kennesaw vs Kent State
Saturday game two - Towson vs U C Irvine

Key Highlights:
• With a lineup of highly competitive matches, skill-building clinics, and engaging programs, the event will provide a platform for players to display their talent and for fans to witness NCAA basketball at its finest.
• From booster clubs to local businesses, the Western Slam invites the entire community to rally behind this event, creating a collective spirit that will resonate both on and off the court.
• The Western Slam Event stands as the only NCAA Division I event of its kind in the Western region, marking a significant milestone for both the event and the city of Lethbridge.
• The event promises not only an electrifying sports spectacle but also a substantial economic boost for the community.
• The Western Slam Event 2024 celebrates the essence and significance of NCAA college basketball, highlighting the talent and dedication of young athletes and the vital role of collegiate sports in shaping athletes' futures.

As the Western Slam Event approaches, the anticipation and enthusiasm in Lethbridge and beyond will continue to climb. This event will not only showcase top-tier basketball talent but also shine a spotlight on the vibrant community spirit that defines Southern Alberta. "The Western Slam Event is a testament to the thriving sports community in Southern Alberta and the economic impact it will bring to our city is immeasurable," says Kim Gallucci, General Manager of ENMAX Centre.

There will be additional media releases sent out as the showcase details are released.

About On Ice Entertainment:
On Ice Entertainment is a Toronto based marketing events company with experience in organizing various sporting special events and projects over the past decades. The company owns and manages properties like Western Slam and Atlantic Slam. Jeff Dunlap serves as the Director of Competition and Tournament Director for Slam events.
Within the sports industry, we have collaborated with renowned entities such as NHL teams, NBA teams, La Liga, Championship teams, MLS Teams, and international soccer teams. Our portfolio includes organizing preseason and exhibition games, along with training camp events. Notably, we recently partnered with the Cities of Regina, Moncton, and Charlottetown to host international soccer events. Additionally, we played a pivotal role as a board member for the NHL Heritage Classic in Regina. In the hockey realm, we have established successful partnerships with teams in the NHL, AHL, and Major Junior ranks.

About ENMAX Centre:
As Lethbridge's premier event facility, the ENMAX Centre boasts 5,500 seats and features a standard NHL ice surface. It hosts a diverse range of events, from concerts and trade shows to unique attractions, all year round. This esteemed venue has witnessed many significant events, including High School Basketball Championships and international competitions like the Men’s World Curling Championships, Canadian University Men’s Hockey Championship, and Canadian Trampoline and Tumbling Championships.

About Lethbridge College:
Situated close to ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge College is not only home to the Men’s and Women’s Kodiaks Basketball teams, but also serves as a hub for various basketball programs and youth development activities. The Val Matteotti Gymnasium, a source of pride for Kodiaks Athletics and the college, is highly regarded within the ACAC. Built in 1988 and named after local legend Valerio Matteotti, the gym encompasses three full-size gymnasiums, covering 2,200 square meters, accommodating 2,000 spectators, and featuring three basketball courts, four volleyball courts, and 10 badminton courts.