Jump to it at the SSE Arena

Amer­i­can col­lege bas­ket­ball stars tak­ing part in Belfast com­pe­ti­tion

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - TRAVEL -

The adren­a­line-pump­ing at­mos­phere of Amer­i­can col­le­giate bas­ket­ball will ar­rive for the first time in Europe as the Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame Belfast Clas­sic comes to North­ern Ire­land on De­cem­ber 1 and 2.

Draw­ing on the suc­cess of in­ter­na­tional sport­ing events that were hosted in North­ern Ire­land — in­clud­ing the World Po­lice and Fire Games, the Giro d’Italia and the Dubai Duty Free Ir­ish Open — the Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame Belfast Clas­sic has been brought to North­ern Ire­land by the Sport Changes Life Foun­da­tion and the Nai­smith Me­mo­rial Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame.

The up­com­ing Belfast Clas­sic, sup­ported by Tourism NI, will see lead­ing bas­ket­ball teams from well-known Amer­i­can sport­ing uni­ver­si­ties go head-to-head in four games over two days.

Com­plete with reg­u­la­tion bas­ket­ball court de­signed and built in Amer­ica, the SSE Arena Belfast will be trans­formed into a state-of-the-art bas­ket­ball court, the likes of which has never been seen on the Is­land of Ire­land be­fore.

Guests and sup­port­ers can visit the SSE Arena on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 1 to catch Man­hat­tan Col­lege, from the Belfast Clas­sic Part­ner the Metro At­lantic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence (MAAC), take on Bos­ton’s Col­lege of the Holy Cross at 4.30pm, fol­lowed by Mary­land’s Tow­son Univer­sity ver­sus La Salle Univer­sity from Philadel­phia at 7pm.

On Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2, teams from Fri­day’s games will go head-to-head at 2.30pm for the Con­so­la­tion Game, with the Cham­pi­onship game of the tour­na­ment played at 5pm.

The NCAA col­le­giate bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment will at­tract thou­sands of bas­ket­ball en­thu­si­asts — as well as those keen to learn more about the quickly-grow­ing sport and fam­i­lies looking for al­ter­na­tive in­door en­ter­tain­ment — from across the is­land of Ire­land, Great Bri­tain and fur­ther afield as they gather to sup­port their favourite Amer­i­can teams. Sup­port­ers of all ages and ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els will be catered for all week­end long in the Fan Fair hosted in the ad­ja­cent Odyssey Pav­il­ion. With ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer in­clud­ing face paint­ing, hands-on games and com­pe­ti­tions, guest ap­pear­ances, and op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup- IN­DOOR IN­SPI­RA­TION: port fans’ favourite teams as well as meet­ing lo­cal and global bas­ket­ball su­per­stars and learn­ing more about the sport and op­por­tu­ni­ties to play lo­cally and abroad, the Fan Fair will get fans ex­cited for the fast-paced games as well as in­spir­ing life­long fans and play­ers. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame Belfast Clas­sic or to plan your short break in Belfast visit Dis­cov­erNorth­ernIre­land.com

Man­hat­tan Col­lege are one of four US teams com­pet­ing

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