BANGOR, Maine — There are several reasons to check out the Harlem Globetrotters in action at the Cross Insurance Center this weekend.
It’s an opportunity to see the city’s brand new multipurpose arena as a basketball venue.
There’s the slim chance the world’s best-known basketball team could actually lose to the Washington Generals.
And by attending one of the two games, fans can help out the fledgling Maine Basketball Hall of Fame, which will have space in the building’s concourse area for displays reflecting the state’s basketball history.
The Globetrotters, who play games at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, have agreed to donate $3 to the hall of fame for each ticket sold for the events with a special discount code.
“This came about pretty quickly,” said Chris McGrail, groups and premium services manager for Cross Insurance Center/Global Spectrum. “But when I talked with [CIC general manager] Mike Dyer about it, he thought it was a good idea. And when I talked with [the Globetrotters], they said absolutely if it’s beneficial to both sides. I look at it as just a great partnership.”
All a purchaser needs to do is reference the group discount code “SGHOF” when buying tickets for seats in four of the arena’s six sections. The buyer will receive a discount of between $5 and $12 for each ticket, and $3 of what they pay will be donated to the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame.
With the discount, ticket prices for those four sections will range between $18 and $30 each. Tickets for the most expensive two sections not covered by the group discount code remain $55 and $70 each.
“It’s a discount used for groups, but this gives people the opportunity to get the group discount without having to make a group purchase,” said McGrail.
People may use the code when buying tickets for the Globetrotters’ appearances in Bangor through Ticketmaster.com, when calling or visiting the CIC box office to purchase tickets in advance, or by mentioning the group discount code when buying tickets at the gate on the night of the show, McGrail said.
The ticket discount/donation effort is the latest attempt to raise funds for the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame.
Plans for the hall are still in the developmental stages, though there have been related banners on display inside the Cross Insurance Center during its grand opening activities.
“It’s a work in progress,” said Steve Pound, chairman of the hall’s board of directors. “The major part is to develop a way to capture the history of basketball in Maine, and then we’re looking to have an induction, which we hope to have a year from now.”
Fundraising to achieve those goals already has included golf tournaments, the sale of seats from the CIC’s predecessor, the Bangor Auditorium, and the procurement of the hall’s first lead sponsor, The First, a bank with 15 branches statewide.
Pound said the hall’s board of directors has a meeting scheduled for Oct. 3 when it will work to develop a more specific fundraising plan.
“We don’t know yet exactly how much we need yet,” said Pound. “But we want to come up with a plan for what we feel our initial costs will be to establish the hall and talk about different fundraising ideas.”