HOOPLANDIA TOURNEY AND FESTIVAL MOVES TO 2021
The organizers of the 3-on-3 basketball tournament and festival scheduled for this June at The Big E Fairgrounds, presented by Eastern States Exposition and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, announced that the event will be cancelled for 2020, given the sweeping impacts of COVID-19.
The organizers also reaffirmed their commitment to the event in 2021, and in creating a legacy celebration for the Springfield region and the birthplace of basketball, outlined a series of smaller events in 2020 to engage the community and build momentum toward next year.
The newly-scheduled dates for Hooplandia in 2021 are June 25-27, with games at the Big E Fairgrounds and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Boys and Girls Clubs in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut will remain as the lead philanthropic recipient of the event, which was slated to host 2,500 teams and 10,000 players.
at Hall of Fame Enshrinement
A series of
3-on-3 courts and games will be curated for outdoor play in the
parking lot of the Hall during Springfield Celebration Day on Sunday,
August 30, as part of Enshrinement Weekend activities. The festival
environment will feature food, music and entertainment.
World Slam Dunk Championship at The Big E
entertainment comes to The Big E (September 18-October 4), with a
spectacle of slam dunk artists from around the world, competing for
the title of Hooplandia World Slam Dunk Champ. Date TBA.
Showcase Games on The Court of Dreams at Naismith Memorial Hall of
winter of 2020-2021, a series of high-profile 3-on-3 games will be
scheduled for competition on the legendary hardwood. Details TBA.
2020 REGISTRATION REFUNDS
that have registered and paid for the event will be issued full
refunds. Teams of players at Age 8 and under were slated for free
registration in 2020, honoring the lives of Kobe and Gianna Bryant –
Bryant wore #8 during a portion of his Los Angeles Lakers career in
the NBA. The free Under-8 registration will be extended to the 2021
Stay tuned for more info on Hooplandia social and website!