SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Twelve names will be added to the Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend, but celebrations started Friday night in Connecticut.
Enshrinement events usually begin in Springfield and end in Connecticut with a ring ceremony at Mohegan Sun, but because of Rosh Hashanah, the Hall of Fame had to switch the order of events this year.
The City of Springfield is once again the home of the Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.
Leland Howard of Palmer told 22News, “It's always traditionally going to be here because of the college and the history of Naismith.”
The celebration usually lasts 3 days, and it brings hundreds of visitors to downtown Springfield.
Saturday and Sunday, western Massachusetts residents will have a chance to meet and get to know the Class of 2013.
Even if it's now a 2-day celebration, business owners believe it'll still be a successful weekend.
Owner of Nadim’s Restaurant in Springfield Nadim Kashoush told 22News, “We are kind of right behind the Symphony Hall, and everybody wants to be part of it. The question is 'Do they have the ticket to go in?' If not, they can at least say 'We were there in Springfield at Symphony Hall and saw who walked on the red carpet.'”
The popularity of the Enshrinement weekend is also the kind of business and foot traffic casino developers hope to bring year round to western Massachusetts.
Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland said, “Symphony Hall and City Stage. We want to promote activities there so we can try to attract customers from beyond this immediate region. We want to bring people in from Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine.”
Enshrinement events come back to the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Symphony Hall Saturday
starting at Noon.