Indiana-Kansas, Michigan State-Arizona games moved from Pearl Harbor site
The Indiana-Kansas game in November, part of the 2016 Armed Forces Classic, will not take place at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, as originally scheduled.
Instead, the game—as well as the Arizona-Michigan State game—will be hosted by the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, so as to accommodate more fans and “provide basketball fans of both the military and the community an opportunity to see the games up close,” according to a release.
There had been whispers, according to Terry Hutchens, that the game was relocated out of concern for player safety.
The release indicated that the move was so more fans of the 4 teams could see the games. I had heard it was due to slippery floor concerns.
— Terry Hutchens (@IndySportsHutch) September 8, 2016
“ESPN is honored to continue the tradition of the Armed Forces Classic,” said Clint Overby, ESPN vice president of events, in a release. “We celebrate the men and women of the Navy in Hawaii as well as those who serve around the world. We are excited to stage the event in conjunction with the leadership at Pearl Harbor and feel that the basketball venue at the Stan Sheriff Center provides a great backdrop for these great teams.”