Milton Keynes Lions have a new home. The BBL side is set to move into a new custom-fitted venue after acquiring a 30,000 sq ft warehouse in the retail district of Winterhill.

The team will play 3 games in Stoke Mandeville before opening in the venue by mid November.

The regeneration plans of Bletchley Leisure Centre saw a move for the Lions to thecentre:mk last season but with that deal not able to be extended, and the Stadium MK Arena not yet nearing completion, the team was forced to create a brand new venue.

“This season the Lions will challenge again,” declared Lions owner Vince Macaulay.

“We have seen our fan base increase year on year and it’s time to move forward. We have acquired the site for 3 years and it will house not only the show court but also two training courts, a Learning Centre and office space as we continue to expand our National League and development programme.

“We are the largest basketball organisation for miles around and feel we should blaze a trail for our sport.”

However the Lions today have confirmed that long-serving captain Dru Spinks will not line up for the team this season.

The 30-year-old has played for the club for 12 seasons and, up until the end of last season, was the longest serving player in the BBL.

“This was a very tough decision to make but we are taking the team in a very different direction,” said coach Mike New “Dru has not only been a team mate but a friend too, I wish him well with his career after his many years as a Lion.”

Spinks first played for the team in 1996 and went on to captain his team to the BBL Cup in March 2008, as well as gaining 25 England caps.

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