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The highly successful Crossroads Classic will continue through 2016, the athletics directors at the four participating schools announced today.
One of college basketball’s premier non-conference events will continue to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The additional dates and matchups are Dec. 19, 2015 (Purdue vs. Butler and Notre Dame vs. Indiana) and Dec. 17, 2016 (Purdue vs. Notre Dame and Butler vs. Indiana). Purdue will serve as the host school in 2015, with Indiana doing so in 2016.
“We are so excited that Bankers Life Fieldhouse will continue to be the home of the Crossroads Classic,” said Rick Fuson, chief operating officer of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “We are so fortunate to have these four great educational institutions in our state and so proud of each of them in continuing to uphold the highest standards in both academics and athletics. Basketball is our game in this state, and it is an honor for us to be part of this tradition. We are grateful to be chosen as the host venue for this great day of college basketball.”
Barry Collier of Butler, Fred Glass of Indiana, Jack Swarbrick of Notre Dame and Morgan Burke of Purdue announced the creation of the Crossroads Classic in August of 2010. The initial two-year contract was followed by a two-year extension in May of 2012.
“I think I speak for my three colleagues when I say that while we envisioned the Crossroads Classic being a success, its popularity the first two years has exceeded our expectations,” Burke said. “As a result, it was an easy decision to once again extend the agreement. We have a great partnership with Bankers Life Fieldhouse and our television partners and hope this budding holiday tradition continues to grow.”
More than 19,000 fans have attended each of the first two Crossroads Classics. This year’s event is set for Dec. 14 and will feature Notre Dame vs. Indiana at 3:15 p.m. (ESPN) and Purdue vs. Butler at 6 p.m. (BTN). Butler will serve as the host school.
The 2014 Classic will be played Dec. 20 and feature Purdue vs. Notre Dame and Butler vs. Indiana. Notre Dame will serve as the host school.
The coming together of the four most-storied college basketball programs in the state of Indiana, the Crossroads Classic is a nod to the Hoosier Classic of years past, when the schools played a doubleheader non-conference showcase at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse.