"Even when I'm old and grey, I won't be able to play it, but I'll still love the game,” Michael Jordan
Alongside badminton and football, basketball is one of the most-played sports in Singapore. Fans of the sport here are lucky to enjoy access to basketball courts across the island – from outdoor courts in the heartlands that you can play at free-of-charge to indoor courts that keep the game going rain or shine. Whether it is at a neighbourhood court, in school or in your own backyard, you can channel your inner Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant to work on your three-point throw.
At the Singapore Sports Hub, the courts at OCBC Arena Hall 1 are open to the public regardless of the weather, and you may end up shooting hoops next to top players from the Singapore Slingers team. For those who prefer to embrace the outdoors, the Sports Hub Hard Courts are also free for all to book whether you are a beginner wanting to practise your lay-ups or you would like to dribble your way around your mates in a friendly match!
And what better way to fuel the enthusiasm for the sport than welcoming the highly-anticipated FIBA Intercontinental Cup to Singapore! The FIBA Intercontinental Cup, also commonly known as FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs or the FIBA Club World Cup, is a professional competition endorsed by FIBA and NBA. This prestigious international competition will bring together world-class basketball talent from various continents, including Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. Each year, the winners of prestigious club competitions, such as the EuroLeague (Europe), the NBA (North America), and the Basketball Champions League Americas (South America), among others, qualify to participate in the FIBA Intercontinental Cup – which means you will be seeing the best of the best around the world, right here at the Singapore Sports Hub.
The 2023 FIBA Intercontinental Cup tournament will be held from 21 to 24 September at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The draw for this 33rd edition of the competition was conducted on 20 June when the six participating teams were divided into two groups that will compete in a round-robin format over the first three days of the competition. Group A will feature Sesi Franca (BCLA Champion), Team Ignite (NBA G League) and Al Ahly (BAL Winner), while Group B will consist of Zhejiang Golden Bulls (CBA Representative), Al Manama (WASL Champion) and Telekom Baskets Bonn (BCL Winner). Fans can also catch the thrilling exhibition game between the Singapore Slingers and the Hsinchu Lioneers at the FIBA Intercontinental Cup at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 23 September 2023.
There is no better time to immerse yourself in the excitement and passion for the sport! Whether you are a diehard ball fan or just enjoy the thrill of live sports, gather your friends and grab your tickets HERE to be part of the action at the inaugural FIBA Intercontinental Cup at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. As LeBron James once said, "Basketball isn't just a sport. It's an art, one that I love to create."