Manchester Giants are moving their home court to the National Basketball Performance Centre.

It meant abandoning their plans for a new 2,000-seater arena in Trafford which had been caught up in logistical and financing delays since the concept was first unveiled over two years ago.

The NBPC, which has staged international games in recent years, is already home to WBBL outfit Manchester Mystics. Arguably, as Basketball England’s main hub, it is whether the Giants should have been from the start of its rebirth but for the local politics which got in the way.

“This isn’t about reinventing the wheel,” said new Giants chair Jamie Edwards, who led a takeover earlier this year.

“Manchester City Council, GLL and MCR Active have successfully modelled partnerships in other sports. The club, the fans, and the game itself will benefit enormously from this collaboration.

“A BBL fixture at Belle Vue is something the clubs will look forward to on the schedule. Our current great fans and future fans will relish welcoming away teams and creating new BBL memories in this venue.”

It comes in tandem with a new partnership between the Giants and Manchester City Council to develop the sport.

“We welcome the announcement that the Giants will be returning to Manchester at our elite-standard National Basketball Centre and look forward to the positive impact our relationship with the club will bring to basketball at grass roots level throughout the city – from primary schools to youth basketball and beyond,” said Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Skills, Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council.

“Nationally, basketball is the second most popular team sport for young people to take part in and we are keen to cultivate the huge interest that exists in Manchester, as part of our ongoing mission to maximise local sporting participation.”

Photo: Mansoor Ahmed

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