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Belfast City extends warm welcome to top American athletes

1 Dec 2017
Ahead of the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, brought to Northern Ireland through a partnership with the Sport Changes Life Foundation, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Belfast City Council hosted a special civic dinner to welcome representatives from the four competing American universities who are set to go head-to-head in a series of games taking place this weekend.


Set to take place on 1st and 2nd December 2017 at Belfast’s SSE Arena, the tournament is the first of its kind and the first NCAA competitive collegiate basketball tournament to take place outside of the States.


The Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic is set to attract thousands of basketball enthusiasts from across Ireland, Britain and further afield to the city. It features teams from well-known American sporting universities across the USA including Manhattan College, the College of Holy Cross, La Salle University and Towson University.


Pictured at the Civic Dinner is Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Nuala McAllister with Rich Ensor, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Commissioner, Paul Lambert, Vice President, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Gareth Maguire, CEO of Sports Changes Foundation.
Lord Mayor pictured at Titanic Belfast