Fort Myers, FL, September 23, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Officials of The Culligan City of Palms Classic and Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) today announced an agreement to move the beloved 43-year-old boy’s high school basketball tournament from its 22-year home at Bishop Verot Catholic High School to the Suncoast Credit Union Arena at FSW in 2016. The new 75,000-square-foot, 3,300-seat Suncoast Credit Union Arena, which is currently under construction and is slated for completion in the fall of 2016, was chosen for its ability to accommodate the growing tournament well into the future. In the meantime, basketball fans can purchase tickets for the 2015 Classic, to be held at Bishop Verot, starting Oct. 1 at cityofpalmsclassic.com.
Tournament President Bill Pollock said, “We value the hospitality and wonderful memories Verot has afforded us, and we cannot overstate how instrumental our partnership has been in the success of the Classic over the last couple of decades. The school and administration has had a large hand in building the tournament to the point where we needed to seek out a new venue that will offer the facilities and space needed to ensure a great experience for players and fans far into the future.”
FSW President Dr. Jeff Allbritten said, “FSW is very pleased to host this prestigious event in our Suncoast Credit Union Arena starting in 2016. The City of Palms Classic is a long-standing tradition in Fort Myers, which has set the standard when it comes to attracting exceptionally talented high school teams from around the country. Hundreds of these players have gone on to Division I teams and the NBA. It speaks volumes for the organizers of this event because of the caliber of teams that compete, and that such nationally recognized coaches and players like Mike Krzyzewski, Larry Bird and Doc Rivers have attended.”
FSW (then Edison Community College) hosted the City of Palms Classic from 1973-83 and then again in 1990 and 1993.
Bishop Verot Principal Denny Dennison said, “Verot administration, students, alumni, parents and volunteers should be proud of their contributions to the success of the Classic. As the tournament continues to build its excellent legacy into the future, I’m proud that we have had the privilege of seeing it become the standard by which all other basketball tournaments are judged. And I know the Black & Gold family will continue its generous support of the tournament even after it’s in its new home.”
Culligan returns for its third year as Title Sponsor, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car is Presenting Sponsor for the second year. Official apparel & game ball provider, Nike, has given the Culligan City of Palms Classic its blessing to integrate its iconic “swoosh” into the tournament’s elegant new logo.
The 2015 Culligan City of Palms Classic runs December 18 through 23 at Bishop Verot Catholic High School. No fees are collected from players and teams, and Classic Basketball Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation that acts as a foundation for the tournament, covers all expenses for the players. For many of the players, the tournament represents their first opportunity to travel outside their own city.
More than 530 Culligan City of Palms players have advanced to NCAA Division I competition, with more than 60 advancing to play professionally in the NBA. Hundreds of coaches and scouts at every level use this venue for recruiting.
Visit cityofpalmsclassic.com for all the information on this not-for-profit tournament featuring the top-ranked players and teams, including visitor information, ticket sales, schedule, team information, history, sponsors and sponsorship opportunities, eNewsletter signup, a tournament bracket, scores and stats, information on how to lend financial support as a Friend of the Classic, and much more.
About the Culligan City of Palms Classic
Classic Basketball Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation created for the purpose of managing the Culligan City of Palms Classic. For more information and to sign up for the eNewsletter, visit cityofpalmsclassic.com.