Globetrotters will bring lively show to DakotaDome The Harlem Globetrotters, perhaps the most popular and most revered sports team in the world, will conduct an all-star performance at The University of South Dakota on Friday, Feb. 5. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the DakotaDome.
General admission tickets are $10 and $12. Reserved seats will be $16 with special VIP seats offered for $25. For more information about tickets, ontact the USD DakotaDome Ticket Office at (605) 677-5958.
For over 70 years, the Globetrotters have dazzled audiences with unique athletic ability, comedy routines and amazing trick shots.
Renowned as great family entertainment, the Globetrotters will bring smiles and laughter to families and fans when they play the New York Nationals. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Globie, the team's beloved mascot. USD and the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce are jointly sponsoring the appearance at the DakotaDome.
"Everybody in America knows the Harlem Globetrotters and loves to watch them perform," said Roger Kozak, USD executive assistant to the president. "They are truly ambassadors of good will who will make us all laugh and smile and enjoy their show."
During their two-hour performance, fans will see high-tech special effects, a hip and fun musical score, team mascot Globie, expert showmen, mystifying slam-dunks, amazing ball handling and dribbling. From their red and white striped shorts to the sounds of Sweet Georgia Brown, the Globetrotters will excite the young and young at heart.
"We are excited the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their high-energy performance to the city of Vermillion," said Bonnie Sorensen, manager of the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce. "This is truly a great family event. Children everywhere love the Globetrotters, who truly have a fun-filled time on the basketball floor and with the fans," she said.
In their unique presentation of basketball, Paul "Showtime" Gaffney and Matthew "Showbiz" Jackson, two of the funniest and creative showmen in the Globetrotter's 72-year history, will lead the Globetrotters. Gaffney has been the lead showman on the team since 1994-95. "We play to packed houses all over the world," said Gaffney. "When you come to see us, you can relive old memories and make new ones," he said.
Other standouts will include: Curley "Boo" Johnson, a 5-11 dribbling artist and dunk specialist; Michael "Wild Thing" Wilson, the former Memphis State University basketball player who is the world record holder in the vertical slam dunk (11 feet 11 inches), as well as Orlando "Hurricane" Antiqua, the first-ever Globetrotter of Latin descent. During the course of the night, Globie will entertain and interact with the crowd. In addition, fans will have the special opportunity to meet and greet the Globetrotters at a post-game courtside autograph session as well as witness the unveiling of the super 35-foot inflatable Globetrotter � an incredible sight.
The Harlem Globetrotters have performed for more than 100 million people in 115 countries during its 72-year history. During the team's most recent tour in 1998, the Globetrotters celebrated their 20,000th game Jan. 12, 1998, before a live national audience on ESPN2.