FIBA 3x3 basketball and urban culture shine at the Festival Distrix
Montréal is a global capital of urban sports. We’re home to some major annual events, such as Jackalope at the Olympic Stadium and Psicobloc at Parc Jean Drapeau. But we’re also home to a major outdoor basketball event.
The event is called B3 Montréal. It’s hosted by Basketball Montréal (BM), a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to organize a major international 3x3 basketball event on an annual basis.
What it’s all about
3x3 Basketball (pronounced three-ex-three) is a variation of basketball played three-a-side, with one backboard and in a half-court setup. According to a study commissioned by the International Olympic Committee, 3x3 is the largest urban team sport in the world.
In September 2021 Montréal will host the FIBA 3x3 World Tour for men and FIBA 3x3 World Series for women. Some of the teams will be fresh from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where 3x3 Basketball made its debut as an official medalist sport.
The players will go head-to-head in an open-air stadium in the heart of Montréal’s entertainment district: Quartier des Spectacles.
Here’s what the action looked like during the previous event (in 2019)…
So much more than slam dunks
Not just a basketball tournament, B3 Montréal is typically a vibrant weekend of diverse cultural programming. In the past, this has included an international all-style and breakdance competition, a celebrity basketball game, live music, food trucks, an arcade, and more.
Due to the nature of the pandemic, however, some elements of the tournament will be limited or will be deferred until next year, Consult with the official B3 Montréal website for all the updates!