The Harlem Globetrotter will return to the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre in February.

The Harlem Globetrotter will return to the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre in February.

Harlem Globetrotter will return to Abbotsford

The basketball squad will take fan interaction to a new level when the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour comes to town.

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are returning to Abbotsford.

The basketball squad will take fan interaction to a new level when the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour comes to town.

The Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre (AESC) will be buzzing with excitement on Friday, Feb. 14 7 p.m. when the zany antics begin.

Online voting is now open at harlemglobetrotters.com/rule, where all fans can choose which new game-changing rules they want to see in their hometown.

“We are looking forward to having the world famous Harlem Globetrotters in Abbotsford this February as it will be an entertaining night out for everyone,” said Global Spectrum’s Jason Blumenfeld, general manager of the AESC. “The Harlem Globetrotters continue to find new ways to re-invent the game and this year is no different!”

The Globetrotters were the first organization in sports and entertainment to let fans vote on rules when the team introduced the concept last year.  Since the fan response was so overwhelming, the team is doing it again – but with a major twist.

The 2014 online ballot includes three never-before-seen revolutionary rules:

  • Hot Hand Jersey – Both teams will have a “Hot Hand Jersey” they can pass among each other.  The player who is wearing this jersey will receive double points on made baskets.
  • Make or Miss – The quarter begins with only two players on the court for each team.  When a team scores, a teammate may enter the game.  When they miss, the player missing the shot must leave the court, leaving his or her teammates shorthanded.
  • Trick Shot Challenge – Via three challenge flags per team, each coach can challenge the other team to make a trick shot.   If the team makes the trick shot, they earn five points.  If they miss, the other team receives five points.

With a roster showcasing stars such as Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Hi-Lite Bruton, and Dizzy Grant – plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing – all with an array of comedy guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart.  After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.#

Tickets start at $21 and go on sale Monday, Oct. 7 at harlemglobetrotters.com, abbotsfordcentre.ca, the AESC box office, or by phone at 866-977-2372.