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Images: First ever NBA House in Canada to open in Vancouver for playoff finals

Basketball fans will have a home in Vancouver for four days

While Vancouver's beloved Grizzlies aren't returning any time soon, the NBA has announced something official is coming to the city.

The first NBA House in Canada will open in Vancouver this June. The basketball association describes it as a "free, immersive basketball experience and fan event." The ticketed four-day event will include watch parties for games one and two of the finals, interactive games, and official NBA merch.

Right now it's unclear who will play in the finals, as four teams are still playing: the Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers, and Boston Celtics.

There will also be appearances by two NBA stars and finals champions: Robert Horry (who won seven championships on three different teams) and Richard Hamilton (who won in 2004).

On top of that, there will also be photo opportunities by the trophy every basketball player is vying for, the Larry O’Brien Trophy (the NBA's version of the Stanley Cup, for Canucks fans switching from hockey to basketball).

“With the momentum around basketball in Canada at an all-time high, this is the perfect moment to bring one of our signature fan events to Vancouver for its Canadian debut,” says NBA Vice President Leah MacNab in a press release.

Previously the NBA House has popped up in Brazil, France, Mexico, the UK, and the United States.

The NBA House will run from June 6 to 9 at the Plaza of Nations (750 Pacific Blvd.). General open house hours will be:

  • Thursday, June 6 from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Friday June 7 from 1 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 8 from 1 to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 9 from noon to 3:30 p.m.

The (19+) watch parties will be:

  • June 6 from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • June 9 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

While the watch parties and open house are free to attend, registration is required.