The Manawatu Jets basketball team are making an appearance in Whanganui, playing three competition games at Springvale Stadium as part of the exciting and action-packed National Basketball League series.
The Jets franchise have been working with Sport Whanganui, the Whanganui District Council and Whanganui and Partners to organise and promote the three games with the hope that the community will get behind them and support the team.
The first game is Thursday, June 21 where the Jets will take on the Nelson Giants. Not long after the showdown against the Giants, The Jets will face the Canterbury Rams on Saturday, June 30 followed by the 2017 champions — Wellington Saints on Saturday, July 7. Each game will be held at Springvale Stadium in Whanganui at 7pm.
The Jets are excited about holding these games in Whanganui and hope they can make the games annual events on the Whanganui sporting calendar. Having a team playing at NBL level in Whanganui is a great opportunity for young players to watch and the Jets and will ignite the passion and motivation for them to progress in their own game.
This season the Jets have a strong community focus, their priority is to develop young players in the team to give them the opportunity to play at NBL level.
"Our aim is to rebuild The Jets as part of a long-term project," Jets Operations Manager Jen Young said.
The Jets are encouraging fans to get behind them and support the up-and-coming talent.
Tickets are on sale now from Sport Whanganui or the I-Site information centre.
Kids tickets are $5 and adults are $10, alternatively, adults can purchase tickets for all three games for $25. On the night there will be the opportunity to buy tickets at the gate.