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GENERAL

Founded in 1926 by Abe Saperstein, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first-ever road game on Jan. 7, 1927, in Hinckley, Illinois.  From the 1920s until his death in 1966, Saperstein was the greatest promoter in all of sports, making the Globetrotters into a championship team and global icons. The Globetrotters have become the world's home team, synonymous with family entertainment and great basketball skills.

The Harlem Globetrotters have played in 124 countries and territories, on six continents, before more than 148 million fans. (Antarctica is the only continent on which the Globetrotters have not played)

To find a Harlem Globetrotters game near you, visit our full schedule page!

The Globetrotters play virtually year-round, but a majority of their games are played throughout North America from the last week in December through April. During the rest of the year, the Globetrotters play numerous games internationally and participate in many other goodwill activities.

In 1998, Marques Haynes was the first player ever to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a Globetrotter. Haynes passed away in May 2015. Meadowlark Lemon, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003, passed away in December 2015. Curly Neal, who in February 2008 became just the fifth Globetrotter to ever have his jersey retired, is a motivational speaker and still makes public appearances for the Globetrotters. Goose Tatum passed away in the late 1960s, and he was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in August 2011. Sweet Lou Dunbar is the Globetrotters’ director of player personnel and a coach, sharing 40-plus years of Globetrotter experience with a new generation of players.

After nearly every Globetrotters game, the players will sign autographs in the arena for a limited amount of time after the final buzzer sounds. It is our goal that every fan will walk away with at least one autograph and a lasting memory. You can also upgrade your ticket with Magic Pass to meet some of the stars before the game!

Yes. In fact, the Globetrotters have lost 345 games over the course of nine decades. However, with 27,000 wins, the Globetrotters do own the best winning percentage (.987) in the history of professional sports.

They are real basketball games. The Harlem Globetrotters and their opponents both play to win, but the Globetrotters do mix in their signature style of show basketball that will entertain fans of all ages.

SHOWS AND TICKETS

You can purchase tickets to an official Harlem Globetrotters game by visiting our World Tour Schedule page or visiting your venue’s box office directly.

Only tickets purchased through the arena’s primary ticket provider are eligible for the policies and exceptions listed below. Tickets purchased through reseller sites may not follow these same policies and you will need to deal with the reseller directly.

The show runs approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes

The Harlem Globetrotters 2023 World Tour presented by Jersey Mike’s Subs is coming with game like never before! Your favorite Globetrotter stars are bringing out their amazing basketball skill, outrageous athleticism, and a non-stop LOL good time. Join the Globetrotters as they go head-to-head against the Washington Generals who will stop at nothing to try and defeat the world’s winningest team!  In 2023, every fan is getting in on this action…that means YOU, so get ready! It’s GLOBETROTTER game time!

Want exclusive, limited access to Globetrotter players? Check out our Premium Fan Experiences like the pre-game Magic Pass, warm-up Celebrity Court Pass, or the Behind-The-Court Meet & Greet available in limited quantities. For the ULTIMATE Globetrotter fan experience, check out the VIP Bench Premium Tickets!

Yes! Groups of 10+ can celebrate at a Globetrotters show. Globie Birthday Bash includes a birthday announcement and an autographed gift for the birthday person. Premium package includes a Meet & Greet with Globie! Local COVID guidelines must be followed including maintaining proper social distancing at all times during the event. Please reach out to info@harlemglobetrotters.com if you are interested in purchasing a birthday package.

Minimum of 10 tickets required + $50 surcharge for Standard Packages or $100 surcharge for Premium packages. Limited availability per game.

Yes! We offer special discounts for groups 10 and larger. Please contact info@harlemglobetrotters.com for more information.

Video is not permitted during the show, however we encourage you to purchase one of the add-on premium experience tickets like Magic Pass, Celebrity Court Pass or the Behind-the-Court Meet & Greet, so you can grab all of the exclusive photo and video footage you want of your favorite Harlem Globetrotters!

Check out additional information on all our premium add-on tickets HERE. (LINK TO PREMIUM EXPERIENCE PAGE ONCE PUBLISHED)

Merchandise is available for sale at every game, or you can visit our online store to score your official #HarlemGlobetrotters merch. Make sure to subscribe to our email list so you’re the first to know about new merch drops!

ADD ON EXPERIENCES

Yes! You can purchase an additional add-on ticket to have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with some of your favorite Harlem Globetrotters stars.

Before you see them on the court, the Behind-The Court Meet & Greet is your chance to meet the players and get an exclusive look at some behind-the-court magic that makes the Globetrotters unforgettable! A limited number of fans will have the opportunity to interact 1:1 with some of your favorite Harlem Globetrotters stars, get the inside scoop from players and take exclusive photo ops - plus receive a commemorative lanyard!

The Behind-the-Court Meet and Greet takes place prior to game time and is approximately a 15 minute experience. THIS IS AN OPTIONAL UPGRADE. TICKET TO THE MAIN EVENT IS ALSO REQUIRED. All customers must have a game ticket AND Behind-the-Court Meet & Greet ticket for entry. Everyone attending Behind-the-Court Meet & Greet, regardless of participation, must have a Behind-the-Court Meet & Greet ticket as well as a game ticket. If you plan on attending Behind-the-Court Meet & Greet, please make sure you have BOTH tickets. This includes all children, as well as the parent(s)/guardian(s) wishing to accompany them. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Calling all hoop lovers! This is your chance to show that you've got GAME. Bring the fam and join the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals on the court before the game to show your skills, shoot some hoops, and get player autographs and photos! The one-of-a-kind 30-minute pre-game, MAGIC PASS begins 90 minutes before tip-off and will create memories you'll never forget.

THIS IS AN OPTIONAL UPGRADE. TICKET TO THE MAIN EVENT IS ALSO REQUIRED. All customers must have a game ticket AND Magic Pass for entry. Soft/rubber soled shoes must be worn on the court. Everyone attending Magic Pass, regardless of participation, must have a Magic Pass ticket as well as a game ticket. If you plan on attending Magic Pass, please make sure you have BOTH tickets. This includes all children, as well as the parent(s)/guardian(s) wishing to accompany them. NO EXCEPTIONS.

The best game access for the biggest basketball fans! Your CELEBRITY COURT PASS gets you center court and one-on-one, for an up close and personal view of the Harlem Globetrotters during their pregame warm-ups! You'll have exclusive access to the court, where you have the opportunity to see and interact with the entire team while they warm-up their World Record breaking shots and skills and snap on-court player photos - plus receive a commemorative lanyard! Warm-ups begin 30 minutes before game time and will last for 15, unforgettable minutes. Please check-in courtside by the announcer's table banner immediately after doors open.

THIS IS AN OPTIONAL UPGRADE. TICKET TO THE MAIN EVENT IS ALSO REQUIRED. Each person wanting to access the court must purchase the Celebrity Court Pass. Late arrivals will not be refunded. All customers must have a game ticket AND Celebrity Court Pass for entry. Children under 10 may not participate unaccompanied.

Soft/rubber soled shoes must be worn on the court. If you plan on attending Celebrity Court Pass, please make sure you have BOTH tickets. Other Party Guests that do not have a ticket are not permitted on court. This includes all children, as well as the parent(s)/guardian(s) wishing to accompany them. NO EXCEPTIONS.

With the VIP BENCH TICKET - Yes, you really can!

Are you in for the ultimate Globetrotter’s experience with the VIP BENCH TICKET?! See the game while sitting with the team in this unimaginable, once-in-a-lifetime fan experience! Includes one seat on the bench with the team in the best seats in the arena! Get up close and personal with the players with exclusive on the court meet & greet autograph sessions, exclusive end of the game team photo all while you enjoy the ultimate VIP gift pack. Each guest receives a Globetrotter Replica Jersey (youth and adult sizes available), a 2023 World Tour Program, an Autograph Marker, and a VIP Harlem Globetrotter Commemorative Lanyard!

THIS IS AN EXTREMELY LIMITED TICKET OFFER. ONLY 8 SEATS AVAILABLE.

This is a stand alone ticket offer and does not include other up-sell or premium experiences. Magic Pass, Behind-the-Court Meet & Greet, and Celebrity Courtside Passes must be purchased separately. Only ticket holders are permitted. Parent/Guardian must also have a ticket. Children under 10 may not participate unaccompanied.

For any additional questions, please contact us via email at info@harlemglobetrotters.com. Make sure to include your name, the city/arena you were attending and how you purchased your tickets (Ticketmaster, the arena box office, Groupon, etc).

The Harlem Globetrotters are committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for all fans. Please visit individual venues and the CDC website for the most up-to-date COVID-19 guidelines

JOIN THE SQUAD

Come ball with us on and off the court.

Wilt Chamberlain (13), Marques Haynes (20), Curly Neal (22), Tex Harrison (34), Geese Ausbie (35), Meadowlark Lemon (36), Goose Tatum (50), Hallie Bryant (32)