The fourth edition of the Betty Codona Classic is to be held at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena in what promises to be a special opening weekend to the third Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) season.
Returning to the venue where the event started prior to the inauguration of the WBBL, Nottingham Wildcats will not only host the 2016-17 edition on Saturday 01 and Sunday 02 October, but also the 2017-18 and 2018-19 editions.
“The Wildcats Arena is very honoured to be staging the Betty Codona Classic again,” enthused Nottingham Wildcats’ Chairman, Chris Prior.
“The fact that it will also be here for the next three years gives us the opportunity to build the event even more and make it one of the highlights of the basketball calendar and a real celebration of women in sport.
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“Another of our aims is to create an income surplus that will be used to further support WBBL activities and keep growing the league for the benefit of all the clubs.”
As part of a number of changes, the event also now has official WBBL competition status and a new WBBL competitions logo – sat alongside the WBBL Championship, WBBL Trophy and the brand new WBBL Cup.
“We are pleased that the Betty Codona Classic looks to be moving from strength to strength and that future editions can build on the hard work of the last couple of years which was undertaken by Betty Codona herself and the Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters, who have hosted it during the last couple of seasons,” added WBBL Chief Operating Officer, Andy Webb.
“The WBBL continues to grow positively both in profile and in its operations. There’s an exciting season ahead because of a new Cup competition and the BBC television deal which will see a number of WBBL games broadcast.
“It’s important that we get off to a flying start for 2016-17 and I am sure that will be the case with a respected competition like the Classic taking centre stage to tip-us off for what I am confident will be yet another exciting campaign.”
As usual the Betty Codona Classic will be a celebration of the women’s game and not just about the on-court action. There will be a Gala Dinner on the Saturday evening and a mini-ball jamboree on both days for aspiring young players, which will be supported by some of the WBBL coaches.
The top four placed clubs from 2015-16 will compete for the BCC title, while the next four placed clubs will fight it out for the BCC Plate. There will also be an intriguing friendly match-up to enjoy between the WBBL’s two new franchises in Oaklands Wolves and Caledonia Pride.
Saturday 01 October
BCC Semi-Final: (1) Nottingham Wildcats v (4) Barking Abbey Crusaders (11am)
Plate Semi-Final: (5) Sevenoaks Suns v (6) Leicester Riders (1pm)
Plate Semi-Final: (7) Cardiff Met Archers v (8) Manchester Mystics (3pm)
BCC Semi-Final: (2) Team Northumbria v (3) Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters
Sunday 2nd October
BCC Third Place Game (10am)
Plate Third Place Game (10am)
Friendly Oaklands Wolves v Caledonia Pride (12.00)
Plate Final (2pm)
BCC Final (4pm)