ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany men’s basketball team will compete in the 2nd Belfast Classic in Northern Ireland in the 2018-19 season, announced by the Sport Changes Life Foundation on Tuesday.
The Belfast Classic, established last year, is run by the Sport Changes Life Foundation in partnership with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (BHOF) and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
2018 sees the field expanded to eight teams, including UAlbany, Buffalo, Dartmouth, LIU Brooklyn, Marist, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, San Francisco and Stephen F. Austin. Games will be held on campus sites, plus will have games in Belfast, Northern Ireland from November 29-December 1, 2018.
From the official press release: Brackets and exact schedules will be announced at a later date. The schools will compete in two four-team brackets, with University campus round games in America leading into two tournament brackets in Belfast aptly named ‘Samson’ and ‘Goliath’ after the iconic Harland and Wolfe cranes in the Titanic quarter ship yard of Belfast.
“We are very excited to be participating in the Hall of Fame Belfast Classic,” said UAlbany head coach Will Brown. This is a wonderful opportunity for our program to travel to Ireland and represent the University at Albany and the America East Conference. The cultural and basketball experience will be something that our student-athletes will remember for a lifetime. We are looking forward to developing new relationships with Basketball Ireland and the people of Belfast.”
In addition to the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a series of ongoing community relations events and initiatives will be held in the Belfast vicinity. Formal announcements surrounding specific events and ticket information will be released at a later date.