Levanga Hokkaido

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Leagues JBL Super League
Founded 2006
History 2007-
Arena Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center
Location Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Team colors Chartreuse and Sapphire
President Takehiko Orimo
Head coach Piti Hurtado
Website http://www.levanga.com/
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Levanga Hokkaido is a Japanese professional basketball team based in the city of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido. The club was founded in 2006 as Rera Kamuy Hokkaido, this name comes from the language of the Ainu, an ethnic group indigenous to Hokkaido, and means "god of the winds".[1] The franchise changed its name twice in 2011; the first when the club's parent company was kicked out of the league due to financial woes in the season. The team ended the season with a league-backed management group and a new moniker, calling itself Basketball Club Hokkaido. And finally, took its current name Levanga Hokkaido, in August 2011.[2]

The team debuted in the Japan Basketball League in the 2007-2008 season and is one of only three teams in the league not owned by a major Japanese manufacturing company.

Levanga plays its home games mainly at the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center and the Tsukisamu Dome, but, as the team represents the entire Hokkaido Prefecture, also plays some home-games at the Atsubetsu Ward Gymnasium, Otaru City Gymnasium, Eniwa City Gymnasium, Obihiro City Gymnasium & Kushiro Shitsugen no Kaze Arena.

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  1. ^ Kane Kumagai, Translated by Yongdeok Cho (Noir) (2006). "Ainu for Beginners". UniLang. Retrieved October 23, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Name change". japantimes. 2011. Retrieved 2012. 

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