Springfield College is proud to once again host the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2020 Spalding Hoophall Classic presented by Eastbay. The event will take place in Blake Arena from Thursday, Jan. 16, through Monday, Jan. 20. This annual event celebrates the sport of basketball that was invented at Springfield College by Dr. James Naismith in 1891.
Monday Session is currently sold out!
The event serves as a tremendous onsite academic experience for the College’s SMRT 116 Event Management classes and provides hands-on leadership/management experience for the members of the College’s Sport Management Club. Communications/Sports Journalism students also gain valuable experience covering the event for print media throughout the country.
The tournament continues to be one of the premier high school basketball events nationwide. We will welcome 50 teams and more than 8,000 visitors to campus throughout the weekend. The College enters the national stage again this year as many of the games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN+, and ESPNU.
All five of the top seniors on ESPN’s Top 100 are slated to play, including Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian), Cade Cunningham (Montverde), Jalen Green (Prolific Prep), Jalen Johnson (IMG Academy) and Ziaire Williams (Sierra Canyon). Jonathan Kuminga, the top player in the junior class, will play as well. Sierra Canyon’s presence at the 2020 Hoophall Classic means one of the most famous players in high-school basketball will take part: Bronny James, the son of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. Sierra Canyon plays twice, once on Saturday, Jan. 18 and again on Monday, Jan. 20.
Women’s basketball takes center court all day Friday, Jan. 17 with four games scheduled. Highlights include 2019 Division I state champion runner-up Springfield Central High School taking on Division I state champion final four finalist Central Catholic High School. Also on Friday’s schedule, 2019 Division II state tournament qualifiers Taconic and Longmeadow will be featured, along with 2019 Division III state champion Hoosac Valley. Click here for the complete Hoophall Classic Schedule.
Important information for staff, faculty, and students:
Please be aware that beginning on Thursday, Jan. 16. Lot 10 (behind the PE Complex) and Lot 7 (Gulick Hall) will be closed through Monday, Jan. 20. Department heads will provide an access list for Lot 10 during the tournament to the Office of Conferences and Special Events and it will be coordinated by the Department of Public Safety. Please go through your department chair or supervisor if you believe you should be included on the parking list. The deadline to provide this information is Friday Jan. 10.
Shuttle vans will be running the entire weekend of the Hoophall Classic from all other parking lots to the Physical Education Complex, Fieldhouse and Wellness Center.
Building Access will be as follows:
Physical Education Complex:
All Springfield College Employees and students who have scheduled activities or offices in the PE Complex will be issued a Building Access credential by the Office of Conferences and Special Events. They will work with Department Chairs for the list of names and details regarding distribution. This credential is not transferable and does not provide access to the games in Blake Arena.
Turnstile entrance - Access through this entrance will stop at 2 p.m. on Thursday and 3 p.m. on Friday. There is NO Access for anyone on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Back Door of Dana Gym - Credentials are required for access. Hoophall Classic Teams, Hoophall Classic Officials, Springfield College Students/personnel working the event with their Hoophall Classic Event Staff Credentials, and guest credential pass holders that are on the parking lot #10 reserved parking list. Every person is required to pass through the metal detectors and bag check stations.
Blake Arena stairs – Main Entrance: Hoophall Classic Ticket holders, will call, and ticket sales. Every person is required to pass through the metal detectors and bag check stations.
Beginning Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m., all faculty, coaches, and teams with scheduled activities in the Physical Education Complex, ATRN, Strength & Conditioning, Field House, Wellness Center and HPER Offices are to enter through the Wellness Center and must have and use their Springfield College ID to enter through the turnstiles. In addition athletics will provide student athletes a team access card that they must keep with their ID. This team access card is not transferable and does not provide access to the games in Blake Arena.
All participants and spectators in the Junior Hoophall Classic Saturday and Sunday must pass through the metal detectors and bag checks at the main entrance to the Wellness Center to gain access to the Field House.
Building access returns to normal Tues. Jan 21st.