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New pro-basketball team comes to Crown Complex

By Faith Hatton, posted Jan 17, 2023 on

Photo caption: The Fayetteville Stingers leadership came together to announce the new team. (Pictured left to right: Crown Complex General Manager Seth Banalt, General Manager Ray Phillips, Assistant Coach Don Gardner, and Head Coach Robert Brickey)  

The city of Fayetteville is continuing to expand their indoor sports offerings with a new basketball team coming to the Crown Arena. The Fayetteville Stingers are the newest tenant team coming to the city and are “dedicated to enhancing the game of basketball throughout the region and becoming a community asset.” 

Team leaders including Assistant Coach Don Gardner, General Manager Ray Phillips and former Duke standout now Head Coach Robert Brickey held a press conference Tuesday announcing the team would be starting their first season on March 3rd and the first home game is scheduled for March 10, 2023. 

“The thing I'm looking forward to in 2023 is the ability to bring the community together in a positive way far, far beyond basketball. I'm looking forward to seeing the community rallying behind those guys to make the final team. I'm excited about being in these Fayetteville streets seeing people with Stingers gear on,” shared Phillips. 

The team represents the newest market now a part of The Basketball League. 

Fayetteville is the 4th team in the Carolina’s joining Charlotte & Raleigh in North Carolina and Columbia SC.

“I coached the Raleigh team in the TBL if you're not familiar with TBL, when I coached in Raleigh in 2019, there were 10 teams in the League and somehow during a pandemic they managed to add 43 teams to the league including three teams in Canada, so this league has really grown and has a strong imprint for basketball across the area,” said Brickey. “There's a lot of entertainment bang for your buck at these games. It's a great place to come even for non basketball fans there’s a lot of dancing. Our dance coaches here just met and we'll have a live DJ, it's a fun event.

The team is scheduled to have 27 regular season games. Within the season, 12 of these are home dates and 15 away games.

 Ticket prices for single-game tickets range from $15 and $20 for the upper and lower levels to $350 full season tickets, and $960 courtside.

You can learn more information and find the full schedule of events online at

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