Hoopfest 2016

All the highlights and details you need for this year's big basketball weekend, June 25-26

click to enlarge Hoopfest is expected to bring big crowds to downtown Spokane yet again this weekend.
Hoopfest is expected to bring big crowds to downtown Spokane yet again this weekend.

This year's Hoopfest features much of what has made the world's biggest three-on-three tournament such a beloved event in the Inland Northwest, as well as some new aspects. Here's a rundown of what you need to know for the weekend.

Team Check-In

Thursday, June 23, from 2 to 9 pm; Friday, June 24, from 11 am to 7 pm at the Gondola Meadow in Riverfront Park

In addition to getting your team set for the weekend's games — remember that you can't check in on Saturday! — you can hit up the practice courts beginning at 11 am on Friday. Also at check-in, you'll find the Nike Store, which features new Nike gear you can't get anywhere else, including the first look at the new Nike KD (Kevin Durant) 9.

Hopfest: The Alumni Game Afterparty

Friday at 9 pm at the Spokane Convention Center

Following the Alumni Game (see previous page), there's an afterparty featuring craft beer from around the region and beyond. Hip-hop artist Lou Era, a Hoopfest veteran himself, is set to perform at the party. Tickets are available at ticketswest.com and there are packages available for the game and afterparty.

Toyota Shootoff

Thursday from 2 to 8 pm at Nike Center Court; Friday from 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday from 9 pm to 1 pm; Quarterfinals, Sunday at 1 pm; Semifinals, Sunday at 2:30 pm near Nike Center Court

You pay $10 for three half-court shots. Those who can drill it from downtown will progress throughout the weekend and have a shot at winning a Toyota Prius. Must be 18 or older to participate.

Wendy's Free Throw Contest

Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm; Semifinals, Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm; Finals at 3:30 pm on Sunday near Nike Center Court

If you're 17 or younger, you can participate in this free throw contest ($2 entry) to win an Xbox.

Slam Dunk Contest

Pre-qualifier Saturday at 2 pm; Finals, Sunday at 3 pm at Nike Center Court

Unless you're playing on Center Court, you can't dunk in Hoopfest, so get your fill of slams at the annual dunk contest. $5 entry fee; sign up on-site.


HOOPFEST BY THE NUMBERS

Courts: 458

Teams: 6,905

Players: 27,750

Volunteers: About 3,000

Total games played: About 14,000

Total estimated attendance: 225,000

Young Frankenstein @ Spokane Civic Theatre

Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through June 16
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