Starting Wednesday evening, Ford Center’s event calendar holds ten basketball games and one concert all in a five-day period.
The Harlem Globetrotters kicked off the week with a world-famous matchup between the Globetrotters and the Washington Generals. This will be the first event on December 5, bringing thousands of people through Ford Center’s doors. The second event, even though not a basketball game will require a conversion of removing the basketball floor, setting chairs on the floor of the arena, bringing in lights, sound and staging to host Cole Swindell and Dustin Lynch’s co-headling tour “Reason to Drink Another Tour,” bringing thousands more people to Evansville’s downtown entertainment destination.
Immediately following the concert, Ford Center will convert the arena again, returning to the basketball format. Although, similar to Harlem Globetrotters, the setup won’t be exact for the Evansville Sports Corporation’s inaugural United Fidelity Bank River City High School Basketball Showcase. Starting Friday at 6 p.m., the first tip-off of eight games will commence, bring thousands more through Ford Center’s doors. You can find a full schedule with teams at www.fordcenter.com. Continuing the showcase, six more games will be played starting at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
Sunday morning, minor changes will need to be made to host Evansville’s own Division 1 team, the Purple Aces as they take on Ball State at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. With their new coach, Walter McCarty and their #GetOnBoard campaign, Ford Center, again, will be prepared to host thousands of fans when they cheer on the Evansville Purple Aces.