Palestra Will Host Team Philly vs. Team Melo Event Sept. 25
The University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Palestra — “The Cathedral of College Basketball” — will open its doors to the National Basketball Association, among others, when Team Philly vs. Team Melo (a Baltimore-based group) square off on Sunday, Sept. 25. Tipoff for the game is slated for 6 p.m.
The Team Philly vs. Team Melo event — also being called “The Battle For I-95” — is being presented by Rahim Thompson, Commissioner of the Chosen League in Philadelphia.
Tickets for this game will be $50 for seats in the 100 sections (lower bowl) and $35 for seats in the 200 sections (upper bowl), with number of upper-bowl seats being donated to community groups throughout the city. Ticket information is available at the end of this release.
“We’re pleased that The Palestra was chosen as the site for this extraordinary exhibition of some of the greatest basketball players in the world,” said Penn’s Director of Athletics, Steve Bilsky. “These NBA players will witness firsthand what Philadelphians already know, that The Palestra is the most exciting venue for basketball in the country.”
The game will be broadcast live via the web on The Basketball Channel, hosted by Fox Sports’ Marques Johnson and Philadelphia basketball legend Gregory “Bo” Kimble.
Carmelo Anthony leads the Team Melo All Stars, who will face his former Syracuse teammate Hakim Warrick and his Philadelphia-born squad. Confirmed participants to date include Hakim, Carmelo, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Lou Williams, Wayne Ellington, Markieff and Marcus Morris, Jason Thompson and Ronald Murray.
A portion of the revenue generated by the game will go to charity including the West Philadelphia Community Center (where Warrick grew up playing basketball) and other community groups in the Philadelphia area.
“My Philadelphia All-Stars look forward to getting on the court and proving to Melo and the people of Baltimore/DC that the best ballers come out of Philly!” said Warrick. “Melo told me he was bringing a squad that can’t be beat so I have a few ‘all star’ surprises for him when my team takes the court on September 25.”
Ticket Policy for Team Philly vs. Team Melo Event
General Sale: Tickets will be available online starting at 3 p.m. at PennAthletics.com — maximum purchase four (4) tickets. A limited number of tickets will also be available starting Saturday at 10 a.m. at select Sneaker Villa stores in the Philadelphia area.
Penn Students: Members of last year’s Line will receive an email later today with information on how they can enter a lottery to win one free ticket to the game.
Penn Men’s Basketball Season-Ticket Holders: An email will be sent out later today with information on how they can enter a lottery to win two complimentary tickets.
Additionally, season-ticket holders and students can purchase tickets online along with the general public starting at 3 p.m.