84 Venues to Get "Money Balls"

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS RECOGNIZE 84 VENUES WITH “MONEY BALLS” FOR RECORD-SETTING DATES ON 2013 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are once again recognizing venues that broke turnstile records during the team’s 2013 “You Write the Rules” North American Tour.  A custom-made “Money Ball” will be awarded to venues that set new marks.  The tour saw 84 venues reach “Money Ball” status in 2013, marking well over 300 box office records the Globetrotters and their venue partners have set over the last five North American tours.

James Brown Arena in Augusta, Ga., is the first venue ever to break a Globetrotters box office record for five consecutive years.  Last year, the venue received an authentic, team-autographed, RED, WHITE & BLUE ball used in the Globetrotters’ performance at the venue.  This year, James Brown Arena will be presented with a pink Globetrotters basketball.  The Globetrotters played portions of games on the 2013 North American Tour with pink basketballs that were specially designed for the team’s tour-long breast cancer awareness initiative.

A GOLD “Money Ball” will be awarded to venues that broke records in back-to-back years, and a RED, WHITE & BLUE “Money Ball” will go to venues that broke a record for the first time.

Johnstown, Pa. (Cambria County War Memorial Arena); Lincroft, N.J. (Robert J. Collins Arena); Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome); White Plains, N.Y. (Westchester County Center) and Wildwood, N.J. (Wildwoods Convention Center) are the venues that will be receiving a GOLD “Money Ball.” 

Venues receiving a RED, WHITE & BLUE “Money Ball” are:

Abbotsford, British Columbia (Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre) Hershey, Pa. (Giant Center)
Atlanta (Philips Arena) Highland Heights, Ky. (The Bank of Kentucky Center)
Beckley, W.Va. (Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center) Houston (Reliant Arena)
Biloxi, Miss. (Mississippi Coast Coliseum) Huntsville, Ala. (Von Braun Center)
Birmingham, Ala. (Pete Hanna Center) Ithaca, N.Y. (Newman Arena at Bartels Hall)
Bloomington, Ind. (Bloomington South High School) Joplin, Mo. (Leggett & Platt Athletics Center)
Boca Raton, Fla. (FAU Arena) Kamloops, British Columbia (Tournament Capital Centre)
Boston (TD Garden)  Kearney, Neb. (Viaero Event Center) 
Bourbonnais, Ill. (McHie Arena) Kent, Wash. (ShoWare Center)
Bridgeport, Conn. (Webster Bank Arena) Kissimmee, Fla. (Silver Spurs Arena)
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center) Lake Charles, La. (Lake Charles Civic Center)
Brownwood, Texas (Brownwood Coliseum) Las Vegas, Nev. (Thomas & Mack Center)
Buffalo, N.Y. (First Niagara Center) Lexington, Va. (Cameron Hall)
Burlington, Vt. (Patrick Gym) Miami (AmericanAirlines Arena)
California, Pa. (California University Convocation Center) Minneapolis (Target Center)
Carbondale, Ill. (SIU Arena) Mississauga, Ontario (Hershey Centre)
Cedar Falls, Iowa (McLeod Center) Mitchell, S.D. (Corn Palace)
Charlotte, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Arena) Mobile, Ala. (Mitchell Center)
Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena) Nashville, Tenn. (Municipal Auditorium)
Cookeville, Tenn. (Hooper Eblen Center) New Orleans (Lakefront Arena)
Danbury, Conn. (William O'Neill Athletic & Convention Center) Norfolk, Va. (Ted Constant Convocation Center)
Danville, Va. (Grant Center) Oklahoma City (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
Dubuque, Iowa (Five Flags Center) Omaha. Neb. (CenturyLink Center Omaha)
Duluth, Ga. (The Arena at Gwinnett Center) Portales, N.M. (Greyhound Arena)
Eau Claire, Wisc. (Eau Claire North High School) Raleigh, N.C. (PNC Arena)
Enid, Okla. (Chisholm Trail Coliseum) Rio Rancho, N.M. (Santa Ana Star Center)
Ephraim, Utah (Horne Activity Center) Rochester, Minn. (Mayo Civic Center)
Erie, Pa. (Erie Insurance Arena) Roswell, N.M. (Roswell High School)
Estevan, Saskatchewan (Spectra Place) Saint John, New Brunswick (Harbour Station)
Fairfax, Va. (Patriot Center) Salina, Kan. (Salina Bicentennial Center)
Fayetteville, N.C. (Crown Arena) Santa Rosa, Calif. (Haehl Pavilion)
Florence, Ala. (Flowers Hall) South Bend, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center)
Fort Dodge, Iowa (Hodges Fieldhouse) Springfield, Ohio (Pam Evans Smith Arena)
Fort Wayne, Ind. (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum) Tallahassee, Fla. (Leon County Civic Center)
Gary, Ind. (Genesis Convention Center) Tampa, Fla. (USF Sun Dome)
Grande Prairie, Alberta (Crystal Center) Tulsa, Okla. (BOK Center)
Halifax, Nova Scotia (Halifax Metro Centre) Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
Hartford, Conn. (XL Center) Waco, Texas (Ferrell Center)
Hays, Kansas (Gross Memorial Coliseum) Wichita, Kan. (INTRUST Bank Arena)

“Our venue partners contribute greatly to our success,” said Michael Kenney, the Globetrotters’ senior vice president, live event marketing.  “They help us to bring the Globetrotters’ unique brand of family entertainment to millions of fans each year, and the money balls are just a small token of our appreciation for their efforts.”

Here's what some of the venues are saying about earning a "Money Ball:"

"Wow! Thank you! I feel like we won an Oscar!" Marco A. Perez, Lakefront Arena, New Orleans

"We are ecstatic that a GOLD BALL is on its way to the Wildwoods. We love working with the Globetrotters!" John Lynch, Wildwoods Convention Center, Wildwood, N.J.

"Wow, this is fantastic! It has been our pleasure to work with the Harlem Globetrotters, and we know our community and region are huge fans." Jane Cada-Sharp, Crystal Centre, Grande Prairie, Alberta

"We’re proud to be a recipient and value the long standing partnership." Bob Williams, Philips Arena, Atlanta

"Looking forward to a Gold Ball in 2014!" A.J. Boleski, INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.

"We are extremely excited and honored for this." Gunnar Fox, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho, N.M.

"Thanks very much. We are proud to be a recipient of the coveted 'Money Ball.' We look forward to another successful date in 2014." Mike Walker, AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

"Thanks so much for working with us to have such a great event. We will display the 'Money Ball' proudly." Bret Jennings, Flowers Hall, Florence, Ala.

Sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios, Greyhound Lines and Howard Johnson Hotels, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 87th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades.

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