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Apr 08 2017

44th Annual Hoop Culture Capital Classic presented by Monster
Venue :  Capital One Arena

April 8 at 11 a.m. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.



Tickets are on sale now

11 a.m. - Suburban All-Stars vs. District All-Stars

1 p.m. - U.S. All-Americans vs. Capital All-Americans

The Game is Re-Energized and Ready to Return to its Iconic Status

Hoop Culture and Monster Products proudly present the most legendary high school All-American game in the country, the 44th Annual Capital Classic. The event will make its return to Verizon Center on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The Capital Classic will feature a pair of star-studded contests. The first game will match the Suburban All-Stars against the District All-Stars at 11:00am, followed by the Capital All-Americans against the United States All-Americans at 1:00pm. Teams are scheduled to be announced in early 2017.

The Capital Classic is the first and longest running high school basketball All-American game in the country. It has been a beacon in the Washington, DC community, showcasing some of the nation’s top high school basketball talent. The game has become a steppingstone for many college All-Americans, NBA All-Stars and Basketball Hall of Fame recipients including Moses Malone, Magic Johnson, Ralph Sampson, Dominique Wilkins, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Klay Thompson.

“I am extremely excited and energized by the return of the Capital Classic to the Verizon Center,” said, Bob Geoghan, Founder of the Capital Classic.  “The game’s return could not be possible without Tom Doyle and Pete Deoudes who now own the rights to the Capital Classic and the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame.  They were my personal choice to continue the legacy I began in 1974 and I’m convinced they have the same passion, dedication, and integrity to take these events back to the prominence they deserve.”

“Hoop Culture is proud to bring back one of Washington, DC’s most important and iconic events to the Verizon Center,” said Tom Doyle, CEO of Hoop Culture and the Capital Classic.  “Hoop Culture’s massive social media presence will allow us to bring this game’s history and community impact to a new generation of basketball enthusiasts.  This, coupled with playing the game in a city like no other in the world, will afford the All-Americans a once in a lifetime experience, all of which will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington."

The Verizon Center is proud to once again host the Capital Classic. The arena averages 220 events per year and last hosted the Capital Classic in 2003, the year LeBron James played in the event. The 20,000-seat sports and entertainment arena is owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE).

“The Capital Classic has been a staple in the DC sports community and the nation for many, many years. We are excited to be hosting the game once again here at Verizon Center,” said President of Venues for Monumental Sports & Entertainment David Touhey. “Some of the most talented basketball players of all-time began their careers with the Capital Classic and bringing the game back to the arena is incredible for the building, city and community.”

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