Newcastle EaglesThe most successful franchise in British Basketball League history will be based at the country’s newest indoor arena in a move set to take North East basketball to the next level.

Newcastle Eagles have announced their new home will be Northumbria University’s £30m Sport Central complex. Fabulous Flournoy’s title-winning roster will play out of the venue’s 3,000-capacity indoor arena – home to this month’s nailbiting Eurobasket qualifier between Team GB and FYR Macedonia.

And the move further strengthens a partnership which has seen the Eagles work alongside Team Northumbria’s EBL men’s and women’s basketball squads for a number of seasons.

“Moving to Sport Central is an exiting new chapter in the history of Newcastle Eagles,” said the club’s Managing Director, Paul Blake. “We already enjoy a fantastic relationship with Northumbria University and this move simply strengthens that bond.”

Team Northumbria Marketing And Communications Manager Colin Stromsoy added: “Sport Central was always conceived as a world class venue which would present new opportunities to the whole of the region’s sporting community.

“As well as offering Northumbria’s students the chance to play sport at a high level on their own doorstep, Sport Central is the perfect base for a club of Newcastle Eagles’ stature.”

Sport Central is due to open on September 6 and Newcastle Eagles entertain Sheffield Sharks on September 24.