Ceremony to return to Symphony Hall for third straight year; Ticket Packages Now on Sale
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that the
2011 Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by NIKE Basketball, will once again be held at Symphony
Hall on Friday, August 12. This will mark the third consecutive year that the ceremony will be held at
the historic downtown Springfield landmark. As part of the announcement, the Hall of Fame has also
introduced new ticket options for basketball fans to celebrate the Class of 2011 induction.
“We are thrilled to be holding our Enshrinement Ceremony in the heart of Springfield at Symphony Hall,
which always provides a magnificent backdrop for our most celebrated event,” said John L. Doleva,
President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “We are also pleased to offer a
variety of ticket options for fans to join us this August.”
The Hall of Fame is also introducing a new $99 ticket this year, which includes balcony seating for the
live televised Enshrinement Ceremony and a commemorative Official Yearbook Program. Fans from
Western Massachusetts, throughout the Northeast and around the world are invited to come celebrate
one of the biggest events of the year with this ticket package.
The Class of 2011 inductees include former NBA star and 1992 Dream Team member Chris Mullin;
five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman; ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore and four-time NCAA
women’s coach of the year Tara VanDerveer; in addition to four-time Olympic gold medalist Teresa
Edwards; European star Arvydas Sabonis; all-time NCAA wins leader Herb Magee; eight-time NBA
champion Tom “Satch” Sanders; coaching legend Tex Winter; and former Harlem Globetrotter
Reece “Goose” Tatum, who will be honored posthumously.
“Enshrinement is always one of the highlights each year in Springfield as many of basketball’s legends
return to the roots of the game to welcome in another class of their peers,” said Springfield Mayor
Domenic J. Sarno. “We are excited to have Symphony Hall once again act as the centerpiece for this
Over 50 former Hall of Famers are once again expected to attend this year’s ceremony including
Charles Barkley, Julius Erving, Phil Jackson and Geno Auriemma, as well as Rick Barry, Hubie
Brown, Van Chancellor, Jerry Colangelo, Jody Conradt, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Anne Donovan,
Marques Haynes, Bailey Howell, Dan Issel, Sam Jones, Meadowlark Lemon, Nancy Lieberman,
Moses Malone, Ann Meyers-Drysdale, C.M. Newton, Jack Ramsay, Dolph Schayes and David
“We are honored to host such a prestigious event and to welcome back the Basketball Hall of Fame,”
said Cindy Anzalotti of Symphony Hall. “Since opening our doors in the early 1900s and then through
our renovations in 2004, we are always pleased to represent the City of Springfield.”
The weekend’s signature events culminate with the Celebration Dinner at the Mohegan Sun Resort &
Casino in Uncasville, CT on Saturday, August 13, which features a lavish dinner and live music, the
Parade of Hall of Famers and the Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony. The VIP Pre-Reception grants guests
a premium open bar as Hall of Famers and VIP guests interact outside the magnificent pre-function
space. Tickets to the Celebration Dinner are $350.
For more information on Enshrinement Tickets, please call the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Ticket Office
at (413) 231-5540. Different levels are available – as outlined on page 3 – ranging from $1,000 VIP
tickets to $99. Each ticket price includes a tax-deductible donation to benefit the Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional,
collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.