By Zachary Baru
UNCASVILLE - If you looked throughout New England of the possible venues for a basketball tournament, none could be more fitting as the perfect host. This was the case all weekend long, as Mohegan Sun once again proved to be the ideal setting for the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.
The 9,323-seat Mohegan Sun Arena provides a modern, intimate atmosphere in an arena that year-after-year welcomes some of the biggest names in music worldwide. It is consistently ranked as a top venue, winning at the Country Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and at the G2E Global Gaming Conference.
Aside from the arena, hosting the tournament at Mohegan Sun provides a true destination for the fans, media and the families of the athletes. Mohegan Sun offers more than just gaming, but a luxury hotel and spa, restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping and entertainment.
Between the allure of Mohegan Sun and the accommodations it provides, no other venue in New England could offer a better setting for this event.
Walking through the hotel, plenty of fans and families of the athletes took advantage of the 1,200-room hotel. In fact, the entire casino was full of fans wearing their teams' colors and making a weekend out of the event.
Glancing around the arena, there were more than just adults and college students. Fans of all ages could be found throughout the lower and upper levels. Once again, the Basketball Hall of Fame and Mohegan Sun have put on a first-class event, providing great entertainment all weekend long.
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