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Sport Updated: 07 Nov 2018

Iron City Hoop-A-Palooza Coming to Birmingham

The Colonnade Group and Faush Summit Entertainment today unveiled Iron City Hoop-A-Palooza, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament that will welcome basketball fans o fall ages and skill levels to Birmingham this summer. The tournament is just one in a series of events and opportunities created to celebrate the NBA’s return to Birmingham via the BBVA Compass Iron City Showdown.

Teams can compete across four divisions, including Youth, Family & Friends, Elite and Corporate. The tournament will tip off in July, with first-round games taking place on July 21, July 28, and August 11 at 12 different locations across Birmingham. Each location’s first-round winner will advance to the semi finals on September 23. The final round will feature the two remaining teams of each division, who will squareoff on October 2 at Legacy Arena at The BJCC during the BBVA Compass Iron City Showdown.

Hoop A-Palooza takes that experience a step further...

“We can’t wait for the city to see what we’re putting together,” said Buck Johnson, former University of Alabama standout and 1986 first-round selection by the Houston Rockets. “The BBVA Compass Iron City Showdown is already making history by giving us the chance to see the NBA right here in our city. Hoop A-Palooza takes that experience a step further by giving basketball fans the chance to play their own game on the same court as the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies on October 2.”

To continue the celebration of basketball in Birmingham, each Hoop-A-Palooza participant will also receive a ticket to the BBVA Compass Iron City Showdown, to watch the Houston Rockets take on the Memphis Grizzlies in the first NBA game hosted in Birmingham in 12 years. The game was announced in early May, and was made possible through BBVA Compass’ relationship with the Houston Rockets.

The tournament is a unique combination.

“When we announced the BBVA Compass Iron City Showdown, we wanted to ensure that the entire initiative transcended basketball and focused on community,” said BBVA Compass Birmingham CEO Andrea Smith. “The tournament is a unique combination. We’re using it both as a way to celebrate the game coming up in October and as a way to provide an exclusive, up-close opportunity for Birmingham’s basketball fans to get involved in the festivities.”

Teams of four can now register at Entry fees start at $80 for the Youth division (sixth grade and under), $100 for the Friends & Family division (basketball lovers and weekend warriors), $100 for the Elite division (advanced players ready for fierce competition), and $250 for the Corporate division (players representing Birmingham businesses). Hoop-A-Palooza qualifying events will be free to attend and open to the public.