Junior Basketball Tournament set to boost local economy

Basketball clubs from all across the state will converge on Ballarat across the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend in June when they hit the courts for 2021 McDonald’s Ballarat Junior Basketball Tournament.

This year see’s the event running for the 49th time where more than 250 teams are expected to take part in the annual event which will be played across the Ballarat Sports Events Centre, the Minerdome and other venues in Ballarat with additional support from Bylsma Hire.

The event is estimated to have a significant impact on the local Ballarat business community with the 5,250 attendees generating over $4.54m in economic output in Ballarat.

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City of Ballarat Mayor, Councillor Daniel Moloney was enthusiastic towards events of this nature supporting Ballarat and local businesses.

“With the development of the Ballarat Sports Events Centre this is another great annual event for Ballarat which will see many Basketball participants from many locations and backgrounds visit our region over the Labour Day Long Weekend.”

“It is great to have sport back generally but to give the opportunity for basketballers to hit the courts in a showcase tournament such as this will only be beneficial to the local economy”

“The event itself will provide an estimated direct expenditure of $2.41m in Ballarat and with a flow-on effect contributing to over $4.51m in economic output locally.” Maloney ended with.

Basketball Ballarat CEO Neville Ivey was supportive of the event as many local businesses recover in 2021.

“This is a significant annual event for Ballarat which is vital for the local economy, both for business owners and staff who like many in 2020 are doing all they can to recover after a unfavourable year for the tourism industry in Ballarat.” Ivey said.

Ivey added that the long weekend tournament provided another opportunity for many basketballers to get back and active after a disrupted 2020 year for local sport.

“The event is iconic for junior basketball players and their families who at times, is their first experience in Ballarat which can provide further return travel to the region.” Ivey said.

The event will take place under existing covid-19 protocol to ensure all are participants and visitors remain safe throughout the weekend.

“We continue to work closely with the State Government around the event to ensure we provide a Covid safe environment for all participants and are excited to host what should be a very successful tournament in 2021.” Ivey ended with.

The event attracts a range of teams across the Under 12, 14, 16 and 18 Divisions showing the tournament will continue to draw families back to the region annually.

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With eight courts available at the Ballarat Sports Events Centre after the Stage 1 development in 2019, and the existing four courts at the Minerdome Basketball Ballarat were comfortable the event is able to be run safely within the covid-19 government regulations.

2021 McDonald’s Ballarat Junior Basketball Tournament – Presented by Bylsma Hire

When: 12th, 13th & 14th June 2021
Locations: Ballarat Sports Events Centre and Minerdome
Divisions: Under 12, 14, 16 and 18

Registrations for the event close on May 7th, 2021 with more details available via the Basketball Ballarat website.