The Morningside Arena in Leicester has been given a dramatic redesign for the national basketball Playoff Finals this week.

The city’s largest indoor sports and entertainment venue is hosting May Madness – the semi-finals and finals of the men’s club’s Playoff Finals and the final of the women’s clubs’ Playoff Final.

The BBL & WBBL Playoff Finals normally take place at The O2 Arena in London, with 14,000 plus fans, but with Covid restrictions requiring the games to be played behind closed doors, the Finals have been moved to Leicester, with the Morningside Arena transformed to host the finals.

The BBL’s two legged semi-finals are taking place on Tuesday and Thursday, with Leicester Riders, London Lions, Plymouth Raiders and Newcastle Eagles competing for silverware, while the WBBL Final will be between London Lions and Newcastle Eagles.

The games are all televised by Sky Sports.

Morningside Arena Director Kevin Routledge was delighted the venue was selected for the prestigious finals,

“Obviously, we would all love to be playing in front of our fans, but with the Finals on May 16th, the day before Stage 3 of the Government’s Roadmap out of the Covid restrictions, holding it here at the Morningside Arena is a huge honour for us.”

“Our venue is very flexible, staging a wide range of events, from Champions League Darts, to International Wheelchair Rugby, to International World Cup Basketball, including a wide range of entertainment events, as well as delivering on its core mission of community sport, and May Madness is another first for the arena.”

“The arena is Covid Secure with well tested protocols from the Riders games this season, so we are looking forward to staging the May Madness finale.”

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