April 30, 2010

Day 49 - 365 Things to do in Bellingham, WA - Watch the Bellingham Slam

Day 49- Go to the Whatcom pavilion at WCC and watch a professional Basketball game. No it's not the NBA but The Bellingham Slam of the IBL(International Basketball League)

They are playing tonight 7pm vs. the BC Titans at Whatcom Pavilion! Tonight is baby food drive night… Swing by the store on your way to the game to pick up a few jars, they only cost around 60¢ yet you'll save $1 off your ticket for each one you donate (up to $4 off), plus you'll be helping a worthy cause!

In the summer of 2005 the Bellingham Slam brought pro hoops back to Bellingham in the form of an American Basketball Association franchise.   The 2005-06 season, in which the Slam finished with a 20-15 record, and saw basketball icons Dennis Rodman and Tim Hardaway visit the Slam's home court of Whatcom Pavilion as members of visiting teams.

After two successful seasons in the ABA, the Slam announced in the summer of 2007 that the team would be changing its league affiliation.  The Slam now competes in the International Basketball League, a similar minor professional league to the ABA, but whose playing seasons falls in the springtime, from April to July.  The move to the IBL has allowed the Slam to develop regional rivalries as there are a number of nearby teams in the Pacific Northwest.

The Sonics left Seattle but the Slam are here.

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