Watch Olympic-level FIBA 3x3 Basketball World Tour
If you're a basketball fan, you won't want to miss B3 Montréal's weekend of high-caliber street-style basketball. Men's and women's players take it to the rack in dozens of 3x3 games, all on breezy outdoor courts just steps away from downtown Montréal.
One of this year's 12 International Basketball Federation FIBA 3x3 World Tour tournaments, B3 Montréal is a labour of love for non-profit organization Basketball Montréal. It has constructed a temporary stadium for the three-day tournament and put together a program that goes beyond the court, with live music, breakdancing and activities for all ages from September 6 to 8, 2019.
With 3x3 basketball ranked as the number-one urban sport in the world and set to enter the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the FIBA 3x3 World Tour players have their eyes on high scores – you'll see more than a few exciting moves from Olympic hopefuls. The event also marks the first-ever season of the FIBA 3x3 Women's Series, showcasing some of the top women on international teams.
B-ball tournament action
See all the streetball action on several courts at the foot of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, not far from downtown at the corner of Papineau and Viger Avenues. On Friday, watch the qualifications games – no tickets necessary, it's free! – from 3:30 to 10 p.m., while Saturday's all-afternoon knock-out stages and Sunday's full day of finals require tickets. Sunday's final will also be broadcast live and seen in over 120 countries.
Breakdancing and celebrity games
Basketball players won't be the only ones sweating at B3. Eight international and national level break-dancers compete in a 1-on-1 battle, hosted by the World DanceSport Federation and judged by a panel that includes well-known Canadian b-boy Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli.
Québec celebrities get on the basketball court on Sunday for the 3x3 Celebrity Challenge game: watch members of rap group Alaclair Ensemble, the Rockwell Family, Jean-Thomas Jobin, Laurence Nerbonne and many others show off their skills. Live music performances add a high-energy soundtrack to each day.
Activities to get you in the game
Along with all the on-court action, B3 Montréal encourages everyone to get their game on at the District B3 activities area. There you'll find a second basketball court for 3-on-3 games, dunk and shootout contests, and basketball clinics coached by pro players, an arcade and games area, a graffiti wall and more activities for all ages. If you're hungry, fill up on local dishes at the on-site food trucks and have a drink at the bar and beer garden.
Robyn Fadden, blogger
Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.