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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2019 Enshrinement

September 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Springfield, Mass. – The special event will be held Friday, September 6th at Springfield Symphony Hall.

Members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 were asked to select a previous inductee(s) to accompany and present them to their peers. The choice is solely the decision of the incoming Hall of Famer. More than 50 Hall of Famers are expected to be in attendance for this year’s ceremony, including all presenters.

The Class of 2019 inductees two-time NBA Coach of the Year Bill Fitch, eight-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member Bobby Jones, five-time NBA All-Star Sidney Moncrief, seven-time NBA All-Star Jack Sikma, five-time WNBA All-Star Teresa Weatherspoon, five-time NBA All-Star Paul Westphal and the first men’s collegiate team to win back-to-back-to-back Championships, the Tennessee A&I Teams of 1957-1959.

Distinguished committees focused on preserving all areas from the game also selected Al Attles from the Contributor Committee, Charles “Chuck” Cooper from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Vlade Divac from the International Committee, Carl Braun from the Veterans Committee and the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens of 1948-1982 from the newly instated Women’s Veterans Committee.


The 2019 Inductees and Presenters are:

Al Attles, presented by Rick Barry (’87)

Carl Braun, presented by David Stern (’14)

Chuck Cooper, presented by Bill Russell (‘75), Elgin Baylor (‘77), Tom Heinsohn (’86), Julius Erving (’93), Kareem Abdul Jabbar (‘95), Larry Bird (’98), Isiah Thomas (‘00), Dominique Wilkins (‘06), Mannie Jackson (‘17), and Ray Allen (‘18)

Vlade Divac, presented by Jerry West (’80)

Bill Fitch, presented by Larry Bird (’98)

Bobby Jones, presented by Billy Cunningham (’86) and David Thompson (’96)

Sidney Moncrief, presented by Bob Lanier (‘92) and Don Nelson (‘12)

Jack Sikma, presented by Lenny Wilkens (‘89), Kareem Abdul Jabbar (’95) and Wayne Embry (‘99)

Tennessee A&I, presented Jerry West (‘80)

Wayland Baptist, presented by Luisa Harris Stewart (‘92), and Nancy Lieberman (‘96)

Teresa Weatherspoon, presented by Cynthia Cooper (‘10), Sheryl Swoopes (‘16), and Tina Thompson (‘18)

Paul Westphal, presented by Elgin Baylor (’77) and Charles Barkley (’06)


Class of 2019 Autograph Signing Presented by Panini      

Location: Basketball Hall of Fame

Time: 12:30pm

Ticket Price: $250.00

Meet the Class of 2019 at their first Enshrinement Weekend public event.  A ticket to this event will give you the ability to secure one (1) autograph per class member.  The autograph can either be on a piece of your choosing or can be on the piece given to you provided by Panini.  All guests must have a ticket to enter the signing room and no individual will be allowed to possess multiple tickets.



Class of 2019 Press Conference and Jacket Presentation Presented by Haggar        

Location:  Basketball Hall of Fame Center Court

Time: 2:00pm

Ticket Price: $35.00 (Includes admission to the Hall of Fame Museum prior to 1:00pm)

Be in the room as the Class of 2019 is presented to the world for the first time in their entirety.  Welcome each class member as he or she walks on stage and is presented with their Naismith Orange Hall of Fame Jacket Presented by Haggar Clothing Co.  This is event is standing room only and viewing is able on the second and third floors of the museum.



 2019 Family Reunion and Awards Dinner Presented by Goldin Auctions   and the Sacramento Kings

Location: Basketball Hall of Fame Center Court

Time: 6:00pm

Ticket Price: $500.00 (Not available to the public)

Enshrinement Weekends first marquee event, the Family Reunion and Awards Dinner features over 50 returning Hall of Famers, along with the Class of 2019.  Programming for the evening is highlighted by the presentation of the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award, Curt Gowdy Print and Digital Media Awards and the Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Awards.  You will dine in style amongst the game’s greatest to ever participate as unforgettable acceptance speeches and stories are told.



2019 Enshrinement Ceremony VIP Pre-Reception

Location: Basketball Hall of Fame

Time: 4:30pm

Ticket Price: Included With the Preferred Seating Package and Premium Seating Package

Mingle with the Class of 2019 and over 40 returning Hall of Famers as the Hall of Fame Museum is turned into the basketball party of the year!  With an open bar, catered food stations and butlered hors d’oeuvres, you’re sure to get your fill before watching the Class of 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony.  Transportation is provided to the Enshrinement Ceremony.


2019 Enshrinement Ceremony       

Location: Springfield Symphony Hall

Time: 7:30pm (Red Carpet shows begins promptly at 6:00pm)

Ticket Price: $99.00/$500.00/$1000.00
$500 & $1000 Tickets include entry to the VIP Pre-Reception starting at 4:00pm

Be on hand to witness the live televised 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony.  Along with over 40 returning Hall of Famers, you’ll witness the Class of 2019 being welcomed into the Hall of Fame by their Hall of Fame presenters.  You’ll hear the remarkable and unforgettable acceptance speeches which will come to summarize the greatest careers in the history of basketball.  Be part of one of the greatest nights in sports as the basketball world converges on the birthplace of basketball, Springfield, Massachusetts.




Symphony Hall
34 Court Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States
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