The Buffalo Warriors professional basketball team made several announcements in the past week, including news about the 2013 season and plans to bring an NBA Development League team to Western New York.
The Warrior were set to begin play in the newly formed IBA-PBL basketball league this season, but scheduling delays caused the team to change focus and create a schedule consisting of international opponents beginning with the home opener on March 27 at the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Warriors players and management agreed that the international concept would provide the players with more opportunities to continue their careers with professional teams overseas.
According to team owner Edward Bednarz, the Warriors will play a total of 15 home games against international teams from destinations such as England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Bermuda, Mexico, Canada and the Ivory Coast.
Season and individual game tickets — including a limited number of courtside seats — are now for sale on the team’s website at www.buffalowarriors.com and at the Event Center Box Office.
Following the successful completion of this season, the Warriors will aggressively pursue bringing an NBA D-League team to Buffalo, according to Bednarz. Founded in 2001, the D-League currently has teams in 16 cities across the U.S.
The Warriors are scheduled to open training camp on Feb. 25. After a week of closed practices, team practices will be opened up to the public. An announcement regarding times and location will be forthcoming.