By Bobby Panza
Look out for alley-oops at Lincoln Center this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, the 2023 Nike World Basketball Festival will be taking place on the Josie Robertson Plaza, at Columbus Avenue and 64th Street, with live basketball action featuring some of the top high school basketball athletes in the country.
Constructed by Nike, a full court has been placed on the plaza, on top of the iconic fountain, right between all three major venues — The Metropolitan Opera House, David Geffen Hall and the David H. Koch Theater. Over the course of the two-day tournament, 40 boys and 40 girls, from 23 states and three countries, will compete, with the championships broadcast on the NBA YouTube channel.
The 2023 Nike World Basketball Festival is the culmination of this summer’s tournaments held by Nike in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Toronto. “If running is the heart of Nike, then basketball has always been Nike’s soul,” says Scott Uzzell, Vice President and General Manager of Nike North America in a press release sent to WSR. “There’s no place like New York City to witness basketball’s deep connection to culture. And that influence grows as the global game continues to grow.”
To register for free tickets to the World Basketball Festival please click here. The first game on Friday is at 4 p.m. The championship games begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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