2013 Norfolk Scope Holiday Invitational
presented by Southern GMC-Greenbrier
The City of Norfolk is pleased to announce the inaugural Norfolk Scope Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament. The games will take place from December 26th - December 28th and involve eight of the area's finest high school teams. Following on the success of the Eastern Region High School Basketball Tournament, which has been held at Scope for the past three years to the delight of thousands of fans, the holiday tournament will showcase the region's immense pool of talent in boys basketball.
“The City of Norfolk and Scope Arena have opened their doors to the Eastern Region Basketball Tournament and numerous sporting competitions for the past few years,” says Mayor Paul Fraim. “It is important that we continue to support local talent and the spirit of sportsmanship as often as possible. The Scope Holiday Invitational will accomplish just that for our athletes and basketball fans.”
Bruce Phelps, former Coordinator of Student Activities for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, will serve as Tournament Director. The following schools will be represented in this year’s holiday invitational:
- Maury (Norfolk)
- Heritage (Newport News)
- Landstown (VA Beach)
- Booker T Washington (Norfolk)
- Lake Taylor (Norfolk)
- Norfolk Christian (Norfolk)
- Norcom (Portsmouth)
- Cape Henry (VA Beach)
Norfolk Scope Arena has played host to a number of top sporting events in the region and is well known as an established all-purpose sports facility in Hampton Roads. Past basketball events held at Scope Arena have featured such greats as Indian River's Alonzo Mourning, Bethel's Allen Iverson and Maury's Joe Smith, all of whom had all-star careers in the NBA. In addition, Dr. J, one of the dominant players of his era and an innovator who changed the way the game was played, graced the court at Scope Arena while playing for the Virginia Squires of the ABA.
More recently, local athletes Dorian Finney-Smith from Norcom High School and Elizabeth Williams from Princess Anne High School helped to win basketball titles for their schools at Scope Arena during the men and women’s finals of the Eastern Region Basketball Tournament in 2010. Kent Bazemore, an ODU alumnus who went on to play for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA, also displayed his exceptional talent at Norfolk Scope when he helped advance ODU to the CIT Quarters with a 65-56 win over USC in 2012.
Day Pass tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Onsite Parking is $5.00.