The National Basketball League of Canada announces the delay of its tenth season until March 2021 tentatively.

After announcing that it would be resuming play in late December, NBL Canada board of directors unanimously voted to further postpone its return to a tentative start date of March 12th, 2021 as a result of ongoing safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league expects to limit the number of games under a reduced schedule with limited fans inclusive of safety protocols such as physical distancing and other measures focused on minimizing the risk of transmitting the virus as much as possible.

Further details regarding season structure, the number of games to be played and playoff format will be made available upon release of the 2020-21 NBL Canada regular season schedule.

We cannot thank our fans enough for their patience and support during this unprecedented time.

Please see below for answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the announcement. Answers are being updated as information becomes available. Please continue to check back for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q) When is the season starting?
A) The Sudbury FIVE and the NBL Canada have an intended return to play date as early March 12th, 2021. As the situation regarding the pandemic remains fluid, these dates and any subsequent schedules are subject to change. Please make sure you continue to check back to for the latest information on the seasons as they become available.

Q) I have vouchers from last season that I wasn’t able to use because of the pandemic. What do I do?
A) SWSE’s policy in place regarding vouchers from last season is that we will offer new replacement vouchers of the same level that may be redeemed for the upcoming season. The vouchers and/ or tickets purchased with vouchers from last season must be presented in order to receive the replacement vouchers. Please email in advance to have vouchers ready to be swapped. Once the new replacement vouchers are ready, an email will be sent to you with further instructions. All ticket pick-ups will take place at the Sudbury Arena Box Office.

Q) Is the SWSE Office open?
A) The SWSE Offices and Arena Box Office located at the Sudbury Arena continues to remain closed to the public at this time. We appreciate all of your support and patience during this time.

Q) Where can I purchase Sudbury FIVE merchandise?
A) The Sudbury FIVE have a full store set up in the New Sudbury Shopping Centre offering all Sudbury FIVE merchandise.  All online orders will be available for pick up at that location which will be open during regular Mall hours. Merchandise can also be purchased online at and shipped.

Further merchandise inquiries can directed to Brad Pappano at

Season Memberships

We ask that fans who have purchased season tickets for the upcoming season to please remain patient until we have further details as to when the return to action plans are active and officially moving forward. The league’s return overview plan expects to begin as early as March 12th 2021.

As we continue to work with the Public Health agencies, the League, and the Federal and Provincial Governments, we ask that you please remain patient on any further season ticket information regarding the upcoming season. Once this information is confirmed, we will be contacting season ticket holders directly by email at a later date with more details, as events unfold regarding season ticket package adjustments. If you haven’t been receiving Sudbury FIVE emails, please email to confirm we have your correct email address on file.

Staff Directory

For General Inquiries, please contact, or please call 705-815-5555 ext. 2017.

For Merchandise, please contact Brad Pappano at or call 705-815-5555 ext. 2003.

For season ticket inquiries, please contact Monique Johnson at or call 705-815-5555 ext. 2017.

For sales and marketing inquiries, please contact Marett McCulloch at or call 705-815-5555 ext. 2001.

For media and communication inquiries as well as Sudbury Five Academy inquiries, please contact Emmah Cacciotti at or call 705-815-5555 ext. 2019