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Crossroads Classic 2016
College basketball season is in full swing in Indiana, and, as always, Hoosiers are fully engrossed in it. Most of Indiana’s teams are off to a hot start. Indiana, Butler, Purdue and Notre Dame are all having great seasons. Coincidentally, these teams will all come together on December 17th, 2016, for the Crossroads Classic, one of the best annual sporting events in Indianapolis. Northsiders who are fans of any of these schools should consider heading down to Banker’s Life Fieldhouse for an event that is guaranteed to entertain.
The Crossroads Classic is a renewed, modern version of the Hoosier Classic, an event that was held in Indiana up until 1960. The modern Crossroads Classic is a showcase of Indiana’s most popular college basketball teams. Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue have all participated every year since the event’s premiere in the 2011-2012 season. Local team Butler has the best record of the four teams. It has just one loss in the Crossroads Classic, which occurred against Indiana in the 2014-2015 season. Indiana and Notre Dame both have three wins and two losses. Purdue is winless in the Crossroads Classic. The series is contractually obligated to be held until 2019.
For 2016, there are two back-to-back games like always. All four teams are having good seasons so far, so the games should be competitive. The first game starts at 2:00pm. It is between Notre Dame and Purdue. This game is followed up by a contest between Indiana and Butler. This game is expected to start at 5:00pm. The series alternates every year. Last year, Butler played Purdue, and Indiana played Notre Dame. Indiana and Purdue never play each other in the Crossroads Classic because they are both in the Big Ten.
Location and Parking
Like every other year, the Crossroads Classic is held at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, the home of the Indiana Pacers and the Indiana Fever. Banker’s Life Fieldhouse is in Downtown Indianapolis near the intersection of Georgia Street and Pennsylvania Street. Parking is plentiful nearby. Circle Center Mall might be the best location to park on gameday. Parking prices are relatively reasonable, and the mall itself is very close to Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.
The Crossroads Classic is a popular annual event in Indianapolis, so tickets are usually expensive. Attendees should consider checking out resale tickets. As of late November, tickets on Stubhub start around $65.00 per person. All tickets to the Crossroads Classic grant admission to both games. For two entertaining games, $65.00 per person is a decent deal. However, if the four teams continue to be successful leading up to the game, it is likely these tickets will rise in price. Northsiders should consider purchasing tickets before they rise again in price.