Hong Kong’s Southorn Stadium will become the new home of professional basketball after it was confirmed that the Bay Area Dragons, a team created by the East Asia Super League to represent Greater China talent, would be based at the venue for most of the 2023-24 season.
The Dragons will play home games at Southorn Stadium, as well as some contests in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, during the upcoming campaign.
The games scheduled for Hong Kong will include three home fixtures in the East Asia Super League Season 2 group stage against Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup champion Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Japan B.LEAGUE 2022-23 winner Ryukyu Golden Kings, and Korean Basketball League 2022-23 runner-up Seoul SK Knights.
The games will take place between October 2023 and March 2024.
The Dragons will feature players from mainland China, as well as Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and the Chinese diaspora.
“We expect the Dragons to bring Hong Kongers immense excitement, inspiration and pride. Dragons’ games will be the hottest sports tickets in town,” said the league’s CEO and co-founder, Matt Beyer.
The Dragons will operate in Hong Kong in partnership with local team Chun Yu Basketball Club and with the recognition of the Hong Kong Basketball Association. Under the partnership, the team’s full name for the 2023-24 season will be the Chun Yu Bay Area Dragons.
In 2022-23, the Dragons sealed a partnership with the Philippine Basketball Association to compete in the Commissioner’s Cup, one of the governing body’s three main annual national championships. The Commissioner’s Cup Finals drew a crowd of 55,000 for Game 7 at the Philippine Arena in Manila.
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