NBA HBCU Classic
Presented by AT&T
NBA HBCU Classic
Presented by AT&T
Watch a rematch of the CIAA Championship as Winston-Salem State University takes on Virginia Union University in the third annual NBA x HBCU Classic 2024 presented by AT&T on Saturday, February 17 at 2PM at Gainbridge Fieldhouse!
“We’re excited to bring these two storied programs and conference rivals together to compete in our third HBCU Classic as part of NBA All-Star 2024,” said NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. “The level of competition during the previous two Classic games set a high standard and showcased the tremendous pride of the HBCU community. We look forward to celebrating Virginia Union University and Winston-Salem State University on one of the NBA’s marquee stages.”
The teams were selected in collaboration with the CIAA. The 2024 NBA HBCU Classic presented by AT&T continues the league’s ongoing, year-round commitment to advancing educational, career and economic opportunities in partnership with HBCU institutions as well as increasing support and awareness for HBCU athletics.
“We are thrilled the CIAA will be represented during this year's NBA All-Star weekend,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams Parker. “This is an amazing opportunity to give expanded exposure for our DII student-athletes, our member institutions and the HBCU Community. We look forward to bringing the talent, culture, and excellence of the CIAA to the grandest stage of the game.”
“We are very excited about the invitation to participate in the 2024 NBA HBCU Classic. Virginia Union University and Winston-Salem State University boast strong winning traditions and have produced multiple NBA players and Hall of Famers,” said Virginia Union University Vice President for intercollegiate athletics Joseph Taylor. “This opportunity given by the NBA truly strengthens both the school’s brand and also highlights our HBCU culture. Virginia Union Athletics thanks the NBA for this opportunity to highlight and showcase our student-athletes and performers.”
“Thank you to the CIAA and the NBA for selecting the WSSU Men’s Basketball team under the leadership of Cleo Hill Jr. to represent the Southern Division of the CIAA in this prestigious event,” said Winston-Salem State University Athletic Director Etienne Thomas. “This opportunity provides visibility for our student-athletes to showcase their athletic ability on the biggest stage available to professional athletes, which many of them aspire to be in the future, while also celebrating who they are as Division II student-athletes achieving academic and championship success, as we prepare them to graduate as champions and depart WSSU to serve their communities. We have a legacy and tradition of excellence and championships at WSSU with a program that includes the Legendary CE “Big House” Gaines, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Cleo Hill Sr, and many others who laid the Championship foundation for our current student-athletes to follow. We look forward to painting the City Red with our Championship team, world-renowned Powerhouse Cheerleaders, and the #1 ESPN College band-the Red Sea of Sound (RSOS)."
Earlier this year, during NBA All-Star 2023 in Utah, HBCU programming included the HBCU Event Intern Program, where 13 students served as paid interns across different NBA disciplines to gain experience working in sports and learn from NBA staff. The students also participated in several other career development events and opportunities. Additionally, over the summer, 74 students participated in the NBA HBCU Fellowship program, which provides career development opportunities in the business of basketball for undergraduate and graduate students from HBCUs. The NBA family annually supports HBCUs through additional scholarships, programs, business case competitions, mentorship, networking and more through support of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and academic institutions. The Feb. 17 match-up between Virginia Union and Winston-Salem State will feature an afternoon of competitive on-court action and band performances celebrating HBCU pride. Additional programming to support HBCUs at All-Star 2024 will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for the 2024 NBA HBCU Classic presented by AT&T are on sale now. Visit here to purchase while tickets last. To learn more about the NBA’s commitment to HBCUs, click here.
What To Know Before You Go
We are so excited to welcome you to Gainbridge Fieldhouse for NBA All-Star 2024! Our goal is to get you inside the facility as seamlessly as possible. We ask all guests to arrive early, travel light and have their mobile tickets ready as they enter the Fieldhouse. A quick list of important venue policies is below, and more information can be found HERE.
For NBA All-Star events ONLY, bags no larger than 14"x14"x6" will be permitted inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse, as well as the other venues hosting NBA All-Star events.
No backpacks or large bags are allowed.
Child care and medical bags are exempt from the above size policy, but may be subject to additional security screening.
Mobile Ticketing & Cashless Purchases
Please be sure to download your mobile ticket to your mobile wallet prior to arrival. If you’re coming with a group, ensure all members have tickets ready on a mobile device with contrast/brightness settings turned up for maximum clarity. Please note that screenshots of tickets will not be accepted for entry.
Gainbridge Fieldhouse is a cashless facility. Credit cards and other forms of contactless payment, like Apple Pay, will be accepted at all points of purchase throughout the Fieldhouse. You may exchange cash for a card at Cash to Card Machines located in the Entry Pavilion by the Box Office, and at Sections 3, 19, and 210.
The following items, as well as any other items deemed dangerous, inappropriate, or disruptive, are prohibited and may be confiscated. Refusal to surrender these items may result in revocation of access to the venue.
WEAPONS & DANGEROUS ITEMS - Weapons of any sort including, but not limited to, firearms and knives of any size are prohibited. Any items deemed by the venue, in its discretion, to be dangerous are also prohibited.
LARGE BAGS - Bags and backpacks larger than 14 x 14 x 6 inches in size are prohibited. All hard-sided bags are prohibited.
LARGE BANNERS & SIGNS - Attendees are not permitted to use or wave any flags, banners, signs, or other items that are more than 11 x 17 inches in size.
ITEMS AFFIXED TO POLES - No flags, banners, or signs of any size may be affixed to any pole or stick made of wood, metal, plastic, or any other hard material.
OFFENSIVE SIGNS AND CLOTHING - Clothing, garments, and signs (including, but not limited to, flyers, handouts, and pamphlets) that contain or display explicit language, profanity, or derogatory characterization toward any person or category/group of persons are prohibited. Obscene or indecent messaging on clothing, garments, or signs is also prohibited. All messaging on otherwise permissable signs must be related to the event.
DRONES - Drones of any kind, regardless of size, are prohibited in the venue and the immediately surrounding area.
ADDITIONAL PROHIBITED ITEMS
- Bats, Clubs, & Poles
- Tripods, Monopods & Selfie Sticks
- Mace/Pepper Spray
- Beach Balls & Frisbees
- Illegal Substances
- Missile-Like Objects (that can be thrown)
- FireworksRecording Devices (audio/visual)
- Laser Pointers
- Professional Cameras & Go-Pro Devices
- Whistles & Horns
- Aerosol Cans