STAPLES CENTER TO HOST FIRST-EVER “HOOPHALL LA”

Elite College Basketball Programs to Face Off in Los Angeles. Arizona, Gonzaga, BYU and USC Featured in Double Header on December 3.

Los Angeles, CA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams for the first-ever Hoophall LA, a premier college basketball showcase held in conjunction with STAPLES Center on December 3, 2016. The one-day doubleheader will feature the University of Arizona vs. Gonzaga University and Brigham Young University vs. the University of Southern California.

“The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to be bringing premier college basketball matchups to such a legendary venue,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “We appreciate the hospitality of AEG and STAPLES Center and look forward to working with several great partners in southern California.”

“We are incredibly excited to host the Basketball Hall of Fame’s inaugural Hoophall LA basketball showcase at STAPLES Center this December,” echoed Lee Zeidman, President of STAPLES Center. “We are looking forward to hosting the tremendous fans of USC, Gonzaga, BYU and Arizona here in downtown LA.”

Tickets for Hoophall LA will go on-sale to the general public on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. PT via AXS.com, by phone at 888-929-7849 and the STAPLES Center box office. Game times and television broadcast information will be released at a later date.

Quotes from Participating Head Coaches

“We are very excited to be part of this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame event. It’s an honor for our program to be involved with such a prestigious organization and to have the chance to play an excellent opponent in Gonzaga. To be able to continue our history with such a tremendous program in a marquee Southern California setting will be a great experience for our program, fans and alumni.” - Sean Miller, University of Arizona

"We are excited to play in this event and continue our series against a great program like Arizona. It's a tremendous opportunity for our team, and we are looking forward to playing in STAPLES Center." – Mark Few, Gonzaga University

 “Our team is very excited to play in STAPLES Center. It is one of the best venues in basketball. The Basketball Hall of Fame has put together a great event and we look forward to playing an outstanding USC program." - Dave Rose, Brigham Young University

“We are thrilled to be part of such a competitive event at STAPLES Center. It’s always exciting to be a part of an inaugural event, especially in your own city.” – Andy Enfield, University of Southern California

About STAPLES Center

STAPLES Center has clearly established itself as the sports and entertainment center of the world. As the home of four professional sports franchises – the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks – STAPLES Center has proven to be a home court advantage for the local teams. The AEG owned and operated arena continues to distinguish itself as the host of major, high-profile events of national and international distinction including the 2004 & 2011 NBA All-Star Games, 2002 NHL All-Star Game, 2000 Democratic National Convention, 2009 World Figure Skating Championships and 15 of the last 16 GRAMMY Awards shows. STAPLES Center’s fifteen years have also been marked with performances and special events that brought international stature to the downtown Los Angeles venue including concerts by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (who played the arena’s first-ever public event on October 17, 1999), Mana, Prince, U2, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Usher, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Roger Waters, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Sade and Justin Timberlake, as well as world championship boxing, family shows and special events. Hosting over 250 events a year, the arena’s reputation for world-class amenities, features and commitment to quality of service and the guest experience is second to none. Staples, Inc. entered into a 20-year agreement to become the arena’s Naming Rights Partner December 1, 1998, which has since been extended into perpetuity.   

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.  For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at www.hoophall.com or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA.