A new basketball court is set to open today.

The Winnipeg Sea Bears announced the partnership with Buckets & Borders and Payworks to debut a new court at the corner of Donald Street and River Avenue. 

In the grand opening of the new court which is set to run for four hours, there will be free youth programming, all-ages basketball contests, food, giveaways, a live DJ, and more.

The project was initially announced in April and includes a brand-new court and refurbishing the existing court but updating the backboards, stanchions, and rims. 

'The Mayfair Project' comes ahead of the CEBL Championship Weekend which is a weekend full of celebrating basketball, coming to Winnipeg in the Summer of 2025. The project is one step forward in the Sea Bears' commitment to enhancing basketball in the community. 

The full schedule of the grand opening is below:

11 a.m. – Opening Ceremony, Free Youth Programming

12 p.m. – Live DJ, Food, Basketball Festival Commences

12:30 p.m. – Three-Point and Two-Ball Competition, Giveaways

2 p.m. – Local All-Star Game

Sea Bears President, Jason Smith says in a news release, “We’re honoured to have the opportunity to get more kids into the game of basketball and provide safer spaces for them to learn, grow and play. We’re looking forward to bringing the Sea Bears out to the Mayfair court and connecting with youth at these great community spaces.”

“Buckets & Borders’ mandate is to improve communities and bring people together through basketball,” said Justin Lee, the organization’s CEO and co-founder in a news release. “We're grateful to work with leading community-minded organizations like the Winnipeg Sea Bears and Payworks to bring this two-court restoration to life. The Mayfair courts encompass the love for the game of basketball in Winnipeg and will be a space for youth to play and be introduced to the game for years to come."

“Payworks is thrilled to participate in The Mayfair Project and honoured to give back to the city we’ve called home for almost 25 years,” said Payworks President and CEO JP Perron in a news release. “The Mayfair Project will bring far more to the neighbourhood than just beautiful basketball courts. This shared space will have its own sense of community, where all are welcome to gather, grow and be inspired. We look forward to The Mayfair Project being a space that motivates and encourages those that use it to take chances and – most of all – have a lot of fun in doing so.”

The team's next home game is set for July 13 when the Vancouver Bandits come to the Canada Life Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here