On November 13, 2012, National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) announced that an Ottawa expansion team would join the league for the 2013-14 season. At a news conference on November 21, 2012, Gus Takkale, President of Bytown Sports & Entertainment and the person heading up the ownership group, confirmed the franchise would put a team on the court in the fall of 2013.
Following a name-the-team contest, the team unveiled their nickname, the "TomaHawks", a logo, and colours on February 26, 2013. However, just hours after the announcement, social media erupted with people upset over what they felt to be a culturally insensitive nickname. After an outcry, the Ottawa NBL team will no longer be called the TomaHawks. It was announced at an event on April 4, 2013 that the team would be named the Ottawa SkyHawks.
Originally opened in 1996, the Canadian Tire Centre is a multi-purpose arena, located in the western suburb of Kanata, in Ottawa, Ontario. The arena has seating for 19,153 and a capacity of 20,500 including standing room. The arena hosts ice hockey, basketball, music concerts, skating, and other entertainment events. It is home to the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, several restaurants, a fitness complex, and several businesses. The SkyHawks share the arena with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League.
Cégep de l'Outaouais - The SkyHawks played 2 games on the campus of Cégep de l'Outaouais during the 2013-14 NBL season.