🏀 USA college basketball takes centre stage as the Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase makes its debut appearance at The O2.
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2022 EVENT PREVIEW
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has re-announced the field of teams for the Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase, a one-of-a-kind college basketball double-header taking place at The O2 on Sunday 4 December 2022.
The event marks the first college basketball game ever played at The O2, renowned for being the one of the world’s most popular music, leisure and entertainment venues.
Originally scheduled for December 2020 but postponed for concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the revamped event is headlined by the University of Kentucky vs University of Michigan at 6pm London time (1pm ET). Prior to that match Marist College vs University of Maine leads off the festivities at 3.30pm London time (10.30 ET).
“The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to celebrate the game on a global scale and we couldn’t be more excited to host four Division I men’s teams in London this December,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
“We were disappointed to postpone our event in 2020, but could not be more excited to get the inaugural games underway soon. The O2 is a beautiful, world-class venue and we expect many U.S.-based fans will make the trip to enjoy its amenities and support their teams abroad. We’re also looking forward to showcasing collegiate hoops to the local fans and growing the appreciation for basketball at all levels worldwide.”
“We are honoured to be hosting the Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase at The O2 this December,” Gael Caselli, VP of Sports, AEG Europe commented.
“Fans from around the world will come to celebrate basketball and enjoy the excitement and experience of college basketball in our world-class venue for the very first time, as we look forward to welcoming teams from Kentucky, Michigan, Marist and Maine as part of this inaugural event.”
The Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase is one event in the Hall of Fame’s series of collegiate events, which continues to grow in an effort to celebrate the game outside the museum walls.
🎟️ Tickets in advance for the Basketball Hall of Game London Showcase are off-sale.
🗝️ Doors open at 2.30pm.
Tip-off for Maine College vs University of Marist is at 3.30pm.
Tip-off for University of Kentucky vs University of Michigan is at 6pm.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: Getting to The O2 via tube is recommended. North Greenwich station is right on the doorstep and on the Jubilee Line in Zones 2 and 3. Get there from Central London in 20 minutes, or Stratford in 10 minutes.
About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo “Court of Dreams.” Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. Visit www.hoophall.com for more information.