Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Springfield, MA - Enshrinement Weekend and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is making that extra trifecta shot by teaming up with the Springfield Business Improvement District and Westfield Bank to produce a free concert with local party favorite Darik and the Funbags and NBC’s The Voice finalist and local favorite Michelle Brooks-Thompson outside at the Basketball Hall of Fame. The concert will take place on Sunday, September 12th from 1pm – 5pm and is free to the public.

Additionally, the Hall of Fame will offer a limited number of tickets to the public to view the newly renovated museum for just $10 each (normally $28.00.) Tickets must be booked online and used on September 12th. To purchase for a visit that day, please go to: www.hoophall.com/plan-your-experience

This concert is a culmination of the Enshrinement Ceremony celebrations taking place on Saturday, September 11th, at the MassMutual Center. One of the most elite nights on the basketball calendar each year, the Hall of Fame Class of 2021 will be formally enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in a nationally televised ceremony. 2021 Enshrines include Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, and Chris Webber. For tickets to the Class of 2021 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, visit hoophall.com.

At the concert, in addition to Max’s Tavern, Plan B, Cold Stone Creamery, and Pizzeria UNO’s, Hot Oven Cookies Food Truck and Cantina Curbside Food Truck will be on site offering food and drinks. White Lion Brewing Company will be pouring their latest Legend Series #1 Enshrinement NEIPA among many other local brews. The Basketball Hall of Fame will be open from 10:30am – 4:30pm. A Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic will be on site supported by the Springfield Health and Human Services Department and generously underwritten by Westfield Bank. The clinic is free to the public, and will be open from 11am – 4:30pm.

The #TIMMYSTRONG Foundation will be present accepting donations in the name of East Longmeadow’s Birchland Park Middle School Principal, local basketball star and current Longmeadow High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach, Timmy Allen, who is recovering from a massive heart attack last month. In addition to providing money for the Allen family, #TimmyStrong has been supporting the promotion of CPR and the placement of AED's throughout the community. The KEVS foundation will be present which focuses on heart health, as well as 16 Lyrics; an anti-racism organization which Timmy helped create.

For all things happening downtown visit springfielddowntown.com. For pictures and more information please contact michelle@springfielddowntown.com

 

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo "Court of Dreams." Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall #21HoopClass or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.