Jump to it at the SSE Arena
American college basketball stars taking part in Belfast competition
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