Indianapolis To Host Crossroads Classic In 2011 And 2012
Aug. 16, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS - The Crossroads Classic, a product of the coming together of the four most-storied college basketball programs in the state of Indiana, was finalized today (Aug. 16) at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Barry Collier of Butler, Fred Glass of Indiana, Jack Swarbrick of Notre Dame and Purdue's Morgan Burke each signed the Memorandum of Understanding, which provides for the event to be held in the state capital in both 2011 and 2012.
"We at Conseco Fieldhouse and Pacers Sports & Entertainment are pleased to be the host for this extraordinary event, which brings four of the state's outstanding universities together for two great games each of the next two years," Jim Morris, president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, said. "This expands our basketball heritage and will be tremendously exciting for alumni and all basketball fans."
The Crossroads Classic will be held on Dec. 17, 2011, and again on Dec. 15, 2012, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Game times and ticket information will be announced at a later date.
The newly formed Crossroads Classic is a nod to the Hoosier Classic of years past, when the four schools played a doubleheader non-conference showcase at Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Comments from the four schools' directors of athletics
"We think it makes tremendous sense to resurrect what had been a pretty historic doubleheader with what I think most people would acknowledge are the four premier programs in the state. I think it will be a really good event and a great showcase for the state of Indiana."
"Notre Dame is very excited to be able to join with Butler, Indiana University and Purdue in making this event possible. This is a great basketball event in America's best basketball venue, but it is more than that. It is also a celebration of higher education in Indiana. The partnership reflected in this basketball event mirrors the many ways in which Indiana's great colleges and universities work together to benefit Hoosiers."
"Growing up in Indianapolis, this event definitely strikes an emotional chord for me. I vividly remember attending the Hoosier Classic at Hinkle Fieldhouse as a young boy. It was my introduction to the significance of basketball in the state of Indiana. Hopefully by bringing together our four schools at the new Crossroads Classic on the magnificent stage of Conseco Fieldhouse, we will showcase this great sport to a new generation of fans."
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