Finley Center hosts three Adidas youth basketball tournaments
The Finley Center at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex is hosting three Adidas high school and youth basketball tournaments this month featuring some of the best players from across the country.
Adidas’ exclusive Amateur Athletic Union basketball program, 3 Stripes Select Basketball, kicked off a tournament on Thursday that will feature more than 80 teams and 800 to 900 boys competing in the 15U, 16U and 17U divisions. This tournament is by invitation only and will continue until Sunday.
The competition is designed to allow elite level athletes to hone their skills during the summer and prepare to play at the college and professional levels. This is part of the timeframe that college coaches are allowed to watch high school players play in person, so there are high profile coaches present in Hoover to watch them, said Taryn Fink, marketing manager for the Hoover Met Complex.
The cost of admission is $ 15 for a day pass or $ 55 for a four day pass. Parking costs $ 5. Children 5 and under are admitted free.
Doors open at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, with the first notice scheduled at 10 a.m. On Sunday, doors open at 8 a.m. with the first notice at 8:30 a.m.
The second tournament is the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet July 11-14. It will feature around 75 teams and around 800 players in grades 4-8 – again from across the country, Fink said.
Daily admission to this tournament costs $ 15 for adults and $ 10 for children ages 3-14. A four-day pass costs $ 40 for adults and $ 25 for children aged 3 to 14. Children under 3 are admitted free and parking is $ 5.
The doors to the Adidas Jr. Gauntlet open at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, with the first notice at 6 p.m. On Monday and Tuesday, doors open at 8:30 a.m. with an initial notice at 9:30 a.m., and on Wednesdays, doors open at 8 a.m. with an initial tip at 9 a.m.
The third tournament is the Adidas Girls Gauntlet from July 21 to 23. This tournament also takes place during the time when college coaches are allowed to watch high school players play in person, so college coaches will be present for this one as well. Less information was available on this tournament as team selections were still being finalized, Fink said.
âAdidas is a global brand with first-class people and fantastic products, and we’re delighted to have them here at the Hoover Met Complex,â said EJ Brophy, general manager of the Hoover Met Complex, in a press release. “This will be one of the premier basketball tournaments in the country with elite players and coaches in attendance, and we are very happy to host such an important event.”
Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato said in written remarks, âIt is always a pleasure to welcome the adidas family to Hoover, and we are delighted to host the prestigious Boys 3SSB Live tournament this year! It has been great to see this internationally renowned company continue to choose Hoover to host the Gauntlet Series tournaments.
âAdidas and 3SSB provide exclusive opportunities for our young people not only to further their education, but also to fulfill their dreams of playing sports at the college level and beyond,â said Brocato. âHere in the City of Hoover, we believe athletics and education go hand in hand to create strong future leaders and citizens of whom we can be proud. We welcome coaches, athletes, their families and everyone associated with these events to our city. ”
For more information on the Hoover Met complex, visit hoovermetcomplex.com.