It was announced today that the fourth annual Basketball Day Indiana will be hosted by Kokomo at historic Memorial Gymnasium on Feb. 8, making Kokomo High School the first school to host the anticipated event.
Basketball Day Indiana is a full day of games and television coverage celebrating Indiana’s game. It is produced by FOX Sports Indiana, the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and IHSAA. It is presented by Ascension St. Vincent.
“Kokomo School Corporation is proud to be chosen as the first Indiana high school to host Basketball Day Indiana, at historic Memorial Gymnasium,” said Dr. Jeff Hauswald, superintendent of Kokomo School Corporation. “Memorial Gym is an integral part of the thread of our Kokomo community and a very special place for the thousands of athletes who have played in this storied hall."
FOX Sports Indiana Senior Vice President and General Manager Jack Donovan said he looks forward to showcasing the state's "iconic gyms and communities" each year as part of Basketball Day and that Memorial Gym's history makes it an ideal host site.
“The tremendous history of Memorial Gymnasium and enthusiasm of the Kokomo community make it an ideal setting," Donovan said.
Plans for Basketball Day Indiana 2020 include:
- Kokomo’s Memorial Gym to host Basketball Day Invitational
Four marquee high school boys games will be played at historic Memorial Gymnasium in Kokomo. All four games – one featuring the Kokomo Wildkats -- will be televised live on FOX Sports Indiana. The full slate of games will be announced later this month. Memorial Gymnasium was built in 1949 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
- Pacers home games bookend 24-plus hours of Basketball Day programming
The celebration begins Friday, Feb. 7, with the Pacers’ home game vs. Toronto. Basketball Day TV programming will continue throughout the night. Live coverage from Kokomo will start Saturday morning. Basketball Day concludes with the Pacers’ Saturday home game vs. New Orleans.
- Special recognition at the Pacers Hickory Night
This also will be a Pacers Hickory Night during which Indiana University and Purdue University coaching legends Bob Knight and Gene Keady will be recognized in a special halftime ceremony.
- Every IHSAA varsity game statewide to be part of Basketball Day
Every high school hosting a home game that weekend will receive a Basketball Day flag. The schools will join the celebration by posting photos to social media with the hashtag #BasketballDayIndiana.
- Coverage of IHSAA Girls Tournament
FOX Sports Indiana will provide reports throughout the day on IHSAA girls sectional tournament games.
“As we continue our theme of ‘We Grow Basketball Here,’ few things exemplify that effort more than the role of the Pacers and Fever in Basketball Day Indiana,” said Rick Fuson, president and COO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “We are delighted to once more join our partners at FOX Sports Indiana and the IHSAA in showcasing our Indiana game in this special Indiana way.”
IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox said he is excited to partner with Fox Sports Indiana, the Indiana Pacers, and Indiana Fever to celebrate basketball in the Hoosier State.
“Basketball Day Indiana has become a highly-anticipated event within the IHSAA membership, and we are excited to have the City of Kokomo as this year’s host. Historic Memorial Gymnasium is a great venue to showcase the rich tradition of basketball in our state. Our sincere thanks are extended to FOX Sports Indiana and the City of Kokomo along with the Pacers and Fever for their tremendous support of high school basketball in our state.”
Kokomo Mayor Tyler Moore said it is an "honor and a thrill" for the City of Kokomo to host the event.
“Our community is rich with basketball tradition, and I can’t think of a better place in the state of Indiana to watch a game than Kokomo High School’s storied Memorial Gymnasium. We look forward to the chance to share our love of the game with basketball fans from across the state on Feb. 8," said Moore.