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Sports & Entertainment Atlantic believes the power of sports and events bring our communities together, uniting us, inspiring us and enriching our lives. Popularly known as S|E|A and based in Halifax NS, we are Atlantic Canada’s largest full-service sport and entertainment company. With a stellar resume of providing event properties with over 50 years of organizational expertise, brand clients with imaginative activations and engagements, volunteers with rewarding community-building experiences and fans with exceptional sporting memories. #WeDoWow
Sports & Entertainment Atlantic Announces the return of FIVB International Beach Volleyball to the Halifax Waterfront
August 25, 2023
Sports & Entertainment Atlantic (S|E|A), in collaboration with the FIVB, Volleyball Canada and Volleyball Nova Scotia is proud to announce the return of professional, international Beach Volleyball to the waterfront in downtown Halifax. Inspired by the record-setting success of hosting four (4) Beach Volleyball tournaments between 2011 and 2014, S|E|A is proudly “Bringing the Beach Back to the Waterfront” hosting the FIVB’s Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour FUTURES 2023 tournament, in the first year of a three- year agreement. Today, S|E|A also announced that Garrison Party Patio Tournament Ticket Packages are now on sale, featuring a total of 80 matches over four (4) days of competition.
Chris Larsen, President of S|E|A said, “We’re delighted to be back in the beach volleyball business with our 5th major championship in the Salter Block parking lot on the Halifax waterfront. The FUTURES 2023 competition, featuring a cash purse, runs Thursday September 21 - Sunday September 24 featuring 32 of the best male and female Beach Volleyball teams in the world, in pursuit of the cash purse." Larsen added “The construction of a temporary facility in Salter Block requires over 1.2 million pounds of sand. Court construction begins on Saturday, September 16 with the delivery of 19 tandem dump trucks of sand.”
Ary Graca, President of the FIVB remarked, “The FIVB welcomes the addition of the Beach Pro Tour Futures event in Halifax, Canada to the international beach volleyball calendar.” Graca added “The Futures event allows cities to further develop beach volleyball in their countries and build up the capabilities of promising youth teams. Canada has strong hosting credentials for beach volleyball events and we look forward to yet another exciting double-gender tournament in the country this September."
Pat Dunn, Nova Scotia Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage said, “We are excited to host the world’s best beach volleyball players here in Halifax for the FIVB Futures Tour. Nova Scotia has the right facilities to host the event and passionate fans to cheer on the athletes. Hosting the tour will help inspire young beach volleyball players in our province to pursue the sport. Best of luck to the players and organizers.”
Mark Eckert, President and CEO of Volleyball Canada said, “Futures events feature the best up-and-coming players on the international scene, which is an exciting opportunity for both the athletes and fans. This year, we’ve already witnessed world-class volleyball in Edmonton and Montreal, and I’m confident the Halifax organizers will do an excellent job as they have in the past with beach volleyball tournaments.”
Paul Worden, President of Volleyball Nova Scotia said, "This world-class tournament is more than an event; it's a golden opportunity for Beach Volleyball to shine. We're incredibly excited to display our province's hospitality, witness top players inspire our youth, and for an experience that will have a lasting impact on our community. Nova Scotia isn't just hosting a tournament; we're shaping a legacy that will resonate for years to come."
Gordon Stevens, Chief Operating Officer & Vice President Operations at Build Nova Scotia said “As stewards of the Halifax waterfront, Build Nova Scotia is committed to providing high-quality events to bring people together and activate the waterfront’s public spaces in varied and interesting ways.” Stevens added “We are thrilled to welcome the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour back to the Halifax waterfront after almost a decade and look forward to hosting our community and top-notch talent from around the world.”
S|E|A Announces International Summer Series Featuring the Halifax Wanderers u23 and Holstein Kiel u23 (Germany)
June 6, 2023
Sports & Entertainment Atlantic (S|E|A) is proud to announce the International Summer Series featuring the Halifax Wanderers U23 and Holstein Kiel U23 in Moncton, New Brunswick and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
The tour, aptly named "The International Summer Series," will kick-off in Moncton at the Croix-Bleue Medavie Stadium which will provide an electric atmosphere for the first match, Sunday, July 2 at 3 PM.
"Events Moncton is delighted to partner with Sports & Entertainment Atlantic to present this exciting professional soccer match," exclaimed Bill Whalen, Co-Chair of Events Moncton. Fans from Moncton and beyond are in for a treat as they witness top-notch soccer action at our world-class stadium. With our unwavering passion for sports and hospitality, spectators, athletes, and organizers alike are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience.”
Teams will then travel to Prince Edward Island for a mid-week evening match at the University of Prince Edward Island Alumni Field, the same location used by the CPL during the 2020 Island Games. The match will be played on Wednesday, July 5 with kickoff set for 6 PM.
“The City of Charlottetown is thrilled to be hosting another international soccer match,” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “Charlottetown is a strong sports event city, and we look forward to working with Sports & Entertainment Atlantic and both teams to make the event a great success.”
The International Summer Series promises to be a memorable experience for both players and fans alike, providing an excellent opportunity for young athletes to showcase their abilities against international competition. For fans, the series will bring excitement and entertainment to the communities of Moncton and Charlottetown, further serving as a testament to the growing interest and support for soccer in both regions.
In addition to the International Summer Series Matches, Sports & Entertainment Atlantic is excited to incorporate a series of soccer activations and clinics focused on developing the game of soccer throughout New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from Halifax Wanderers coaches and players in a fun and inclusive environment!
STFX University and S|E|A Set All-Time Attendance Record for the U SPORTS Men’s Basketball Championship
May 15, 2023
Halifax, Nova Scotia (May 15, 2023)
St. Francis Xavier University (STFX) and Sports & Entertainment Atlantic (S|E|A) are proud to announce the 2023 U SPORTS Men’s Basketball Championship broke the all-time record for Final 8 weekend attendance. Over the three day tournament, 40,092 people took in university basketball at the Scotiabank Centre from March 10-12, 2023.
This surpasses the previous attendance record of 39,400 from 2001, which was also set in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in which the St. Francis Xaiver defeated Brandon University in an 83-76 overtime thriller.
It was the Ravens’ fourth national championship in a row, their 11th in the past 12 years, and their 17th in the last 20 years, extending their basketball dynasty.
Aiden Warnholtz of the Ravens was named tournament MVP, as he scored 23 points and handed out 11 assists in the championship game, including an incredible three-point shot to tie the game at the end of regulation. It was Head Coach Taffe Charles' third consecutive national championship.
The game set a U SPORT record for most points scored by a single team, and the highest number of combined points in the title game. The tournament featured 11 games, comprising eight championship games and three consolation games. All games were played in a double-header format except the championship game on Sunday, March 12.
In conjunction with the Championship, long-time STFX coach Steve ‘Coach K’ Konchalski served as the Honourary Chair of the event. Coach K retired in March, 2021 after serving 46 seasons as X-Men Basketball head coach. The winningest men’s basketball coach in Canadian university sport history, he won three national championships and nine AUS conference championships during his time at STFX. The 2001 U SPORTS Coach of the Year, he was honoured on six occasions as AUS Coach of the Year, leading the X-Men to 18 U SPORTS championship appearances and 42 AUS playoff appearances as he retired with 919 career wins and a .615 win percentage.
Coach K also served as head coach of Team Canada for four years (1995-98) and was an assistant coach for 16 years prior. Coaching in three Olympic Games, Steve has been a member of Canada Basketball’s Counsel of Excellence since 2009. He was a member of coaching staff of the Canadian U19 team that won the 2017 World Championship in Cairo, Egypt and was a Senior Advisor of Basketball Operations with the Newfoundland Growlers of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).
The 2023 tournament final featured the Carleton Ravens defeating the host St. FX X-Men in an instant classic. The final went to double overtime and showcased elite shotmaking from both sides, resulting in the Ravens winning 109-104.
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