The annual Hoophall Classic tips off at Springfield College Thursday night.
The best local and national talent will be on display at the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Spalding Hoophall Classic. The impact of this tournament extends well beyond the hardwood.
Thousands of people will fill the stands at Blake Arena this weekend for the annual event.
The annual Hoophall Classic is a basketball showcase that highlights the best talent in western Massachusetts and across the nation.
Over the course of the tournament, fans and college scouts fill the gymnasium to witness sixty schools from 17 states square off on the hardwood.
Basketball Hall of Fame Vice President, Greg Pocino told 22News the tournament also has a significant economic impact on the city of Springfield.
Pocino said many hotels are already filled with fans, players and coaches.
“The partnership between the college and the Hall of Fame, the competitive games for basketball fans of all levels as well as the local impact with people coming in from out of town, we know it’s a win for the city, Hall of Fame and Springfield College,” Pocino told 22News.
Springfield College students play a significant role in the classic.
Many sport management students assist with game day operations.
One student who’s worked the event the past two years said she expects to see even more players and coaches spending time in the city this weekend.
“They get to drive through the city and now with MGM property renovated looking great I’m glad they get to make that trip and make it here to see our beautiful campus,” said Megan McGloin, a Springfield College junior.
The first game of the HoopHall Classic starts at 5:30 p.m. at Springfield College.