Basketball classic to play in Sunrise, FL until 2017
SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment and the Orange Bowl (@OrangeBowl) announced today that the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic will return to the BB&T Center (@theBBTCenter) for the next four years, thru December of 2017.
The annual event continues to grow in popularity with the 2013 doubleheader featuring two ranked teams, 11,214 fans and major economic impact for Broward County’s local hotels and businesses. This past year marked the 20th annual event. Florida (currently 17-2) defeated Fresno State 66-49 and Florida State upset current No. 21 UMass (also 17-2), handing the Minutemen their first defeat this season 60-55.
“The MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic is one of our signature events, and we are excited to continue our partnership with SSE to continue holding it at an outstanding facility--the BB&T Center in Greater Fort Lauderdale,” said Eric Poms, Orange Bowl CEO. “Orange Bowl was created more than 80 years ago to provide tourism, and we have expanded into an organization that inspires youth, engages the community and enhances the South Florida economy. This event accomplishes all of that.”
"This MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic fits perfectly in Greater Fort Lauderdale,” said Nicki Grossman, President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Broward County offers these players and their families a great chance to chill out in the warmth of our destination from the sea grass to the saw grass.”
“We are thrilled and honored to extend our partnership with the Orange Bowl and the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic at the BB&T Center,” said SSE President & CEO Michael R. Yormark (@PanthersYormark). “This incredible doubleheader – the only major college basketball event in Broward County each year – continues to grow in popularity and fanfare and drives significant tourism and hotel room nights to this community on an annual basis.
“Furthermore, Eric Poms and the Orange Bowl Committee are incredible partners and flag bearers for the South Florida region, and we are excited to continue our partnership with them while taking this event to even greater heights.”
The 2014 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic will be held Saturday, December 20. Further details on future Classics including dates and teams will be announced at a later date.
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