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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Extends Long-Term Partnership with Mohegan Sun

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

SAN ANTONIO, TX (April 1st, 2018) – Yesterday at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in San Antonio, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced a ten-year partnership extension with Connecticut-based entertainment venue Mohegan Sun. The Hall of Fame and Mohegan Sun have enjoyed an 11 year partnership and this announcement will continue the relationship for the long term.

“We are very appreciative of our partnership with Mohegan Sun and the memories we’ve been able to create together over the years,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Our partnership with Mohegan Sun has been a game changer for the Hall of Fame and we very much appreciate Mohegan Sun’s desire to remain a big part of the Hall of Fame family for many years to come.”

The partnership will continue to include several annual college basketball events at Mohegan Sun Arena including the Tip-Off Tournament in November.  Mohegan Sun will remain the exclusive sponsor of Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement weekend, hosting the Class of 2018 for the annual Hall of Fame Induction Celebration and Ring Presentation at their resort in Uncasville, Connecticut.

“In the many years of working with the Naismith Hall of Fame, Mohegan Sun has helped host annual enshrinement ceremonies, honoring some of biggest legends in the game of basketball. The partnership has also grown to routinely showcase incredible basketball games and tournaments at the highest collegiate level inside Mohegan Sun Arena,” said Ray Pineault, President & General Manager of Mohegan Sun. “We’re proud to have been a part of so many of these great memories and are truly thrilled that it’s going to continue well into the future.”

In addition to their partnership extension, Mohegan Sun has made a significant contribution to the Basketball Hall of Fame’s capital campaign to support complete renovation of the museum. With the donation from Mohegan Sun, the Basketball Hall of Fame has surpassed its $30 million campaign goal; the Hall’s campaign will continue however until its scheduled end date of December 2018.  In acknowledgement of Mohegan Sun’s generous gift the organization will receive prominent recognition in the newly renovated guest welcome center at the Hall known as ‘The Tip Off Pavilion.’

“Three years ago, we set out on a capital campaign to financially secure the Hall’s endowment and renovate our museum to the level of quality our Hall of Famers and fans of the game deserve,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board. “Through the generosity of our incredible partners like Mohegan Sun, I’m happy to say we have exceeded our goals. As a team, we won’t let up. We are going to continue forward with our fundraising until all who want to participate have that chance by year end. Mohegan Sun has allowed us to dramatically achieve our initial goal and for that we are very grateful.”

The capital campaign has been silently making headway over the last three years with generous backing from many in the global basketball community including Junior Bridgeman, Jerry Colangelo, Grant Hill, Mannie Jackson, Michael Jordan, Phil Knight, Nancy Lieberman, George Raveling, Adam Silver and Elaine Wynn, as well as several NBA ownership groups. Notable coaches that have already stepped forward to support the cause include, Steve Alford, Geno Auriemma, Jim Boeheim, Larry Brown, Jim Calhoun, John Calipari, Rick Carlisle, Billy Donovan, Mike Krzyzewski, George Raveling, Bill Self, John Thompson, Roy Williams, Jay Wright and others.

About Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun Arena is now ranked consistently among the top venues in the world according to Billboard Magazine, Pollstar and Venues Today. It has won “Casino of The Year” at the Country Music Awards in 2008 & 2010 and in 2013, was voted “Arena Of The Year” at the G2E Global Gaming Conference in Las Vegas.  Mohegan Sun Arena was also ranked among the top 10 arena venues in the nation for 2014, regardless of size. In 2015, Mohegan Sun took home the IEBA award for “Casino of the Year.”  Mohegan Sun also won “Casino of the Year” in 2 categories at the 2013 & 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards. For more information on concerts and other great events, visit Mohegan Sun. For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Since opening its doors in 1959, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has operated as a 501 c 3 not for profit organization relying on the generosity of others to preserve the legacy of the game. Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

Mohegan Sun Hosts Basketball Hall of Fame Tip – Off Tournament and Holiday Showcases

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Tickets on sale today

UNCASVILLE, CT (September 8, 2017) –   The Basketball Hall of Fame is hosting three upcoming tournaments at Mohegan Sun Arena: the Tip – Off Tournament, Women’s Holiday Showcase and Men’s Holiday Showcase.

First is the Tip – Off Tournament on Saturday, November 18th at 12:00pm, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm and Sunday, November 19th at 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm and 8:00pm. Playing from the Naismith bracket is Boston College, La Salle University, Northwestern University and Texas Tech University. Playing from the Springfield bracket is Sacred Heart University, Saint Peter’s University, University of Main and University of South Alabama.  Tickets are $150.00, $65.00, $25.00 and $10.00 and go on sale today at 10:00am through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to Ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000.  Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office starting Saturday, September 9th.

Next to come to Mohegan Sun Arena is the Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Holiday Showcaseon Tuesday, December 19th.  UCONN takes on Oklahoma at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $115.00, $32.00 and $15.00 and go on sale today at 10:00am through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to Ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000.  Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office starting Saturday, September 9th.

The third tournament The Basketball Hall of Fame is hosting at Mohegan Sun Arena is the Holiday Showcase.  St. John’s will play against Saint Joseph’s and Providence plays against Houston on Wednesday, December 20th at 4:30pm and 7:00pm.  Tickets are $150.00, $65.00, $25.00 and$10.00 and go on sale today at 10:00am through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to Ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000.  Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office starting Saturday, September 9th.

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Mohegan Sun Arena is now ranked consistently among the top venues in the world according to Billboard MagazinePollstar and Venues Today. It has won “Casino of The Year” at the Country Music Awards in 2008 & 2010 and in 2013, was voted “Arena Of The Year” at the G2E Global Gaming Conference in Las Vegas.  Mohegan Sun Arena was also ranked among the top 10 arena venues in the nation for 2014, regardless of size. In 2015, Mohegan Sun took home the IEBA award for “Casino of the Year.”  Mohegan Sun also won “Casino of the Year” in 2 categories at the 2013 & 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards. For more information on concerts and other great events, visit Mohegan Sun. For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Announces 2015 Tip-Off Tournament Schedule

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015


UNCASVILLE, CT (April 29, 2015) — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams and brackets for the 2015 Tip-Off Tournament. The annual NCAA men’s exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place Saturday, November 21st and Sunday, November 22nd at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut highlighted by eight schools in two four-team brackets with campus round games taking place around the Mohegan Sun Arena schedule.

Teams scheduled to participate in this year’s Tip-Off Tournament are:

University at Buffalo (Mid-American), University of Florida (SEC), Niagara University (MAAC), North

Carolina A&T (MEAC), Old Dominion University (CUSA), Purdue University (BIG 10),

Saint Joseph’s University (Atlantic 10) and University of Vermont (Am. East).

“The Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun has become one of the most acclaimed collegiate tournaments in the month of November,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Of the teams who participated in 2014, four of them made it to the NCAA Tournament. We hope this competitive atmosphere will serve as a stepping-stone for the teams contending this year as well. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will continue to serve as the host conference for the annual event. The MAAC has developed a strong partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame, including the addition of a MAAC exhibit in the Hall of Fame museum in Springfield, Massachusetts.”

A pre-sale of tickets to all participating schools will start on May 6th at 10:00am  via all Ticketmaster outlets and the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office. General public tickets will go on sale Friday, September 11th. Game times for Mohegan Sun Arena will be announced at a later date.

For more information on tickets, please log onto halloffametipoff.com.

Naismith Bracket

University of Florida

Old Dominion University

Purdue University

Saint Joseph’s University

Springfield Bracket

University at Buffalo

Niagara University

North Carolina A&T

University of Vermont

Tip-Off Tournament Schedule

Campus Round Schedule

November 13th

Niagara University @ Old Dominion University

North Carolina A&T @ Purdue University

November 15th

University of Vermont @ Purdue University

Niagara University @ Saint Joseph’s University

November 16th

North Carolina A&T @ University of Florida

University at Buffalo @ Old Dominion University

November 18th

University at Buffalo @ Saint Joseph’s University

November 25th

University of Vermont @ University of Florida

Saturday, November 21st at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

Naismith Bracket

University of Florida vs. Saint Joseph’s University

Purdue University vs. Old Dominion University

Springfield Bracket

University of Vermont vs. Niagara University

University at Buffalo vs. North Carolina A&T

Sunday, November 22nd at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

Naismith Bracket

Consolation Game

Championship Game

Springfield Bracket

Consolation Game

Championship Game

Head Coach Comments

Nate Oats – University at Buffalo

“It is an honor to be selected to play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off event. This is an outstanding opportunity for our team to be challenged by some quality opponents early in the season and we are looking forward to playing games at a first-class facility at Mohegan Sun Arena.”

Billy Donovan – University of Florida

“This has been a great event in the past and we’re honored to be part of it this fall along with a tradition-rich field.”

Chris Casey – Niagara University

“Our team looks forward to playing in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. The event has a history of outstanding teams and great competition, which will prepare us well for a difficult conference schedule.”

Cy Alexander – North Carolina A&T

“It is certainly an honor for North Carolina A&T State University to be included in the field of teams for the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. The state of North Carolina has such a rich tradition in college basketball. The fact A&T is representing the state in a tournament valuing the origins of basketball is a great step forward for our men’s program and the young men who represent our program. Our university administration, department of intercollegiate athletics, alumni, fans and students are looking forward to a great event.”

Jeff Jones – Old Dominion University

“We are very excited about competing in such a prestigious tournament. This is a very strong tournament field which I think our fans will enjoy watching and we will have a couple of home games as well.”

Matt Painter – Purdue University

“We are thrilled to be chosen to play in the 2015 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena. The tournament boasts a strong field and we feel this event will be a highlight of our non-conference season. The games will provide a great opportunity for our team and we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Phil Martelli – Saint Joseph’s University

“As a program, we are excited to be affiliated with the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. We’re honored to be chosen as a campus host and are anxious to have our players experience quality competition in such a beautiful setting as Mohegan Sun.”

John Becker – University of Vermont

“We are excited to be participating in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off event again. It is a great event and Mohegan Sun is a good location for our fans to see us play. We are also looking forward to playing at Florida and Purdue, two established programs in college basketball.”

About Mohegan Sun:

Mohegan Sun Arena is now ranked consistently among the top venues in the world according to Billboard Magazine, Pollstar and Venues Today. It has won “Casino of The Year” at the Country Music Awards in 2008 & 2010 and in 2013, was voted “Arena Of The Year” at the G2E Global Gaming Conference in Las Vegas. Also in 2013, Mohegan Sun won “Casino of The Year” in 2 categories at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Mohegan Sun Arena was also ranked among the top 10 Arena venues in the nation for 2014, regardless of size. For more information on concerts and other great events, visit Mohegan Sun. For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.

About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference:

The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 11 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s University and Siena College. For more on the conference, please visit www.maacsports.com.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

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Hall of Fame Media Contact:

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