Monday, November 23, 2015

Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament: Weekend of basketball concludes with over 8,000 fans coming to Mohegan

By Zachary Baru

UNCASVILLE - After eight games over two days, the 2015 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament came to an end Sunday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The total attendance for the weekend-long tournament came to 8,320 fans, many of which traveled long distances to support their favorite team.  Patrons throughout Mohegan Sun could be seen wearing their teams' gear all weekend in the casino, restaurants, mall and hotel.

The tournament concluded Sunday evening with the two championship games.  In the first championship, Florida and Purdue battled in the Naismith Bracket before a national television audience live on ESPN2.  Purdue captured the championship topping Florida 85-70.  The Springfield Bracket championship game immediately followed, with Vermont facing Buffalo live on ESPN3.  Buffalo claimed the championship 77-71.

The tournament began with 4,507 fans on Saturday, and concluded before 3,813 on Sunday.

In all, this year's Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament entertained over 8,000 fans with competitive and entertaining basketball all weekend long, giving fans the exciting product they have come to expect year after year at the Tip-Off Tournament.

Special thanks to the Basketball Hall of Fame for their excellent hospitality all weekend.  And thank you as well for reading the coverage here on Western Mass. Sports Biz.

Zach Baru can be followed on Twitter @zbaru and reached at  He also writes for Sports Business Boston.

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