Trotters to Play Game on Ice

Bull Bullard (above) has been doing flips since he learned he will play on ice in Michigan on Jan. 7.  But the question remains – can he do flips on ice?

(PHOENIX, Jan. 1, 2013) – In the midst of their 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour, the iconic Harlem Globetrotters are changing one of the most basic basketball rules – playing on a basketball court.  The innovators of the game will step off the hardwood and onto the ice to play an outdoor basketball game in the middle of hockey country.  The Globetrotters will strap on custom “ice cleats” and hockey helmets to play the Global Select on The Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Portage, Mich., on Monday, Jan. 7 at 12:00 p.m.

The ice game will take place on the Globetrotters’ most historic anniversary – celebrating the team’s first ever road game in Hinckley, Ill. on Jan. 7, 1927.  Since that time, the team has won over 24,000 games and lost only 345. 

Detroit Red Wings Alumnus Kevin Miller will join the Globetrotters to help them continue their winning ways.  Miller brings over a decade of NHL experience to the Globetrotters basketball game on ice, which will take place shortly after the NHL’s cancelled “Winter Classic” was scheduled in Michigan on New Year’s Day.

“We hope the NHL can return to the ice as quickly as possible,” said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “But in the meantime, we thought the Globetrotters could help fill the void of professional sporting events on an ice surface.  And it’s only fitting we play this outdoor game in Michigan, as our tour continues in Kalamazoo the next day.”  

The Globetrotters return to the basketball court at Wings Stadium on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7:00 p.m. They will also return to Michigan for games in East Lansing at Breslin Center on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m., Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2:00 p.m., and Flint at Perani Arena on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m. 

New rules will be plentiful throughout the 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour, which visits 45 states and nine Canadian provinces through April. Fans can vote at to select which rule they would like to see implemented in their hometown.

The Globetrotters’ game on ice in Michigan will add to a long history of playing in unique settings around the world.  The trendsetters of basketball played a game on the roof of the Spectrum in Philadelphia in 2009, in addition to games on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium in front of 75,000 fans, on beaches, on the floor of dusty bullrings, at the bottom of empty swimming pools, and at the Vatican in Rome, among other locations, since the team was founded in 1926.

The Globetrotters are inviting local schools to attend the game in Michigan.  The general public is invited to attend at no charge pending availability of seats and standing room at Millennium Park.

Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 87th consecutive year in 2013, 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 121 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. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: