The back-to-back NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Chase Center, the Warriors new 18,064-seat privately financed sports and entertainment arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, today announced that it will host the first-ever Al Attles Classic, a newly developed college basketball showcase, put on by The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The one-day quadruple-header will take place on Saturday, December 21, 2019 and will include the following matchups:
• Stanford University (Pac-12) vs. University of San Diego (WCC)
• University of California, Berkeley (Pac-12) vs. Boston College (ACC)
• University of Arizona (Pac-12) vs. St. John’s University (Big East)
• St. Mary’s College (WCC) vs. University of Nevada (Mountain West)
“I’m tremendously honored and humbled to have my name associated with this outstanding tournament,” said Attles. “The City of San Francisco has witnessed some incredible college basketball teams and players over the years, including USF and my friend Bill Russell, and this tournament promises to add to that legacy. I know it will be a thrill for these young men to have an opportunity to play in this spectacular new arena as they prepare for their conference schedules.”
The event was created to honor local Golden State Warriors’ legend and 2019 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductee, Al Attles. Attles has been with the Warriors' in one capacity or another for nearly 60 years. Following his collegiate career at North Carolina A&T, he joined the Philadelphia Warriors – now Golden State from 1960-71 as a player. Since then, he has held numerous roles in the franchise including coach (1970-83), team executive and ambassador to the community. He led the organization to an NBA Championship in 1975 and is one of five Warriors to have his number retired. Attles will be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame with the Class of 2019 this September.
“We’re honored to be hosting this inaugural event, featuring some of the top college basketball programs in the country and couldn’t think of a more deserving honoree than Al Attles,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “Al is synonymous with the Warriors, so it’s only fitting that our first college basketball tournament at Chase Center carry his name.”
Ticket sales for the Al Attles Classic will be announced at a later date.
About Chase Center
Chase Center is an 18,064-seat sports and entertainment arena, set to open in the Fall of 2019, which will anchor an 11-acre mixed-use, privately-financed complex in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. Easily accessible by foot, bicycle or mass transit, Chase Center will play host to Warriors basketball, concerts, cultural events, family shows, and more, totaling nearly 200 events a year. The sports and entertainment district will include two office buildings and 29 unique retail locations, along with 3.2 acres of publicly accessible plazas and open space.
About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo "Court of Dreams." Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall #AttlesClassic or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.