Basketball Events

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If you’re looking for a unique venue for a corporate event or employee appreciation outing, look no further than basketball arenas. While you may not be able to coordinate sports hospitality at the NBA All Star Game or the NBA Finals, corporate events at basketball arenas is something that will please everyone. And with 44 home games, it’s reasonable to organize a meeting at basketball arenas in any of their corporate suites, followed by tickets to the game.

Basketball fans enjoy a night of basketball when their team is in town and playing another popular team or high scoring players. That’s why basketball arenas are excellent venues for business events and event planning.

Most people consider a day at the basketball arena for entertainment only options. However, because most arenas allow arrivals as early as 1½ hours prior to the game, corporate and other event planners also use arenas to host business meetings directly in the suite or elsewhere prior to the game.

Basketball arenas usually have more facilities than other sports stadiums (e.g., baseball) to host meetings and social events on non-game days. Event planners should consider basketball arenas as a unique venue, including skybox suites, meeting rooms, dining facilities and other areas of the stadium. And for programs on game day, the combination of business meetings with the game creates a total sports hospitality package.

Common Group Entertainment and Meeting Choices

  • Luxury suite packages for groups of 12, 18, 20, 32 to 80 people.
  • Skybox suite packages that accommodate larger groups (e.g., 50 or 80 people).
  • Group block ticket packages typically for groups with 20 or more.
  • Group club seat packages with food/beverage and other entertainment amenities.
  • Group events that offer pre-game or post-game on court experiences.
  • Meeting rooms for groups, including chalk talks from the team’s coaches.
  • Depending on the level of entertainment selected, value-added program elements may typically include VIP parking passes, recognition on the jumbo-tron, suite attendants and bartenders, tours of the stadium, and coach visits.

Food and Beverage Packages

Each basketball arena typically works with a third party catering company Food and beverage operations include packaged options and a la carte selections. Most teams offer a standard buffet dinner package that may include:

  • Snacks (chips, pretzels, nuts, etc.)
  • Burgers, sandwiches
  • Drink packages (soft drinks, water, beer, wine)
  • Gourmet dessert bar

Event planners should anticipate increasing quantities of certain foods and beverages or even upgrading the catering items.

Basketball Team Group Sales

The following provides direct links to the group events and suites options available at each baseball stadium:

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Rob is editor of Business Travel Destinations. He was voted among the top 10 business travel bloggers by USA TODAY 10Best. Rob reviews international destinations for meetings and events -- where business travelers go, the hotels where they stay and their lifestyle preferences on the road. He spent more than a decade planning hundreds of corporate events throughout the U.S. for a Fortune 50 company, including meetings, conferences, seminars, executive retreats and other special events. Rob was previously the event planning guide for About.com (owned by The New York Times Company) from 2007 - 2011. His articles have appeared in business travel publications and travel sites internationally.