When the Springfield Armor decided to leave Springfield in 2014, it left a void within the community as well as Western Massachusetts. There was no more professional basketball to watch at an affordable price during anyone’s free time.
After two years, professional basketball has returned to the “Birthplace.” The Springfield Sting, is a brand new organization in the American Basketball Association. The Sting are now the only professional basketball team in Western Massachusetts. The league is just a step below the NBA’s D-League.
Zach Baru, the owner of the Sting is a native of Springfield. For the team to play where it all began was extremely important to him. The Sting play their home games at the Basketball Hall of Fame. “We’re the only team in the whole world that plays in the Hall of Fame,” said Baru. “It’s about time to bring professional basketball back to Springfield.”
Ticket prices are generally cheap. You can purchase your ticket from the Springfield Sting’s website. They are $10 for adults, and $6 for students and children. “It’s a great opportunity for fans to come enjoy a game at a very affordable price,” stated Baru.
Springfield tipped off their inaugural season on Nov 7, when they took on the New Jersey Express. The HoopHall was at max capacity, as the home opener was a sellout event.
The Sting were able to give the fans a show, as there were many alley-oops, dunks and broken ankles. The crowd roared continuously, for every basket that went in for Springfield. The Sting would ride that momentum to an 128-116 victory. Roosevelt Lee led the offense with 37 points.
The Sting will be on the road for the next few weeks. Their next home game will be on Nov 27, at 7 p.m.
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