Armed Forces Classic moved to accommodate larger crowd

  • 09/08/2016 3:48 pm in

Indiana’s regular season opener against Kansas, which will be played in Honolulu, Hawaii, will not be played at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as originally scheduled.

ESPN announced on Thursday afternoon that the Armed Forces Classic, which also includes Arizona vs. Michigan State, will be played at the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

According to the announcement, the venue change is being made to “provide basketball fans of both the military and the community an opportunity to see the games up close.”

The Stan Sheriff Center is a 10,300 seat arena.

The Armed Forces Classic is taking place on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

Arizona and Michigan State will tip at 7 p.m. ET (2 p.m. local time) followed by Indiana and Kansas at approximately 9 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time).

Both games will be televised by ESPN. This is the first time the Armed Forces Classic will be played in Hawaii. Previous locations for the event have included Ramstein, Germany in 2012 (Connecticut vs. Michigan State), Pyongtaek, South Korea in 2013 (Georgetown vs. Oregon), Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in 2014 (Louisville vs. Minnesota) and Okinawa, Japan in 2015 (Gonzaga vs. Pittsburgh).

“ESPN is honored to continue the tradition of the Armed Forces Classic,” Clint Overby, ESPN vice president of events, said in a release. “We celebrate the men and women of the Navy in Hawaii as well as those who serve around the world. We are excited to stage the event in conjunction with the leadership at Pearl Harbor and feel that the basketball venue at the Stan Sheriff Center provides a great backdrop for these great teams.”

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  • HuntinHoosier86

    Well, at least our game is the main event of the evening. Feels good to beat MSU at something……

    Only thing that sucks is that now I’m gonna have to stay up late the night before opening day of deer firearms season, which means going to bed at 11:30 and getting up at 4:45. We better freakin’ win!

  • Hoosierkamp

    Alex- I am going (flying from Cincinnati). Where do you buy tickets ??

  • SCHoosier

    Good..don’t want to see IU play “street ball” meaning the outside elements or by style. Better set up for everybody inside…where the better team should win. Last time ESPN had this event I believe they had some weather/wind problems?

  • John D Murphy

    IU and KU both travel very well and Zona and MSU travel pretty well. Good move. Hope they set transport for the military. Also hope we don’t rock a stupid uniform.

  • Have not heard of tickets being available to the general public, but I will check.

  • IdahoHoosier

    The game last year in Okinawa (Zags vs Pitt) was marred by extreme humidity on the court, which I believe was put together in a hangar or some large building on the military base. Several players were at least mildly injured from slipping on the wet court.

  • Hoosierkamp

    Thanks! My trip is all booked, so I am going regardless , haha. Really hope I can get a ticket

  • TomJameson

    I am super glad that the game is moving indoors. Stating the obvious but, too much can go wrong with an outside venue.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Same with weddings. Why take the risk outdoors? Get smart people!