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Globetrotters break box office records

The Harlem Globetrotters tipped off their 2010 “Magical Memories” World Tour by breaking 17 box office records through its first two weeks of touring, including their visit to WKU’s Diddle Arena.

Attendance for the Globetrotters’ Jan. 11 stop at WKU was 3,991, according to Jeff Younglove, director of Campus and Community Events.

For the first time in team history, the Globetrotters will award venues who break box office records in consecutive years with a specially made GOLD “Money Ball” from Spalding. The Globetrotters will continue to award venues with the traditional RED, WHITE & BLUE “Money Ball” for first-time records.

The Globetrotters will award GOLD “Money Balls” in 2010 to Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati and Moline, Ill., for breaking last year’s record. In addition to Bowling Green, the tour has set records in Baltimore; Rochester, Minn.; Columbus, Ohio; Toledo, Ohio; Green Bay, Wis.; Dayton, Ohio; Birch Run, Mich.; Windsor, Ontario; Hays, Kan.; Marquette, Mich.; Springfield, Mo.; and Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Hall of Fame team is on pace to surpass the 62 box office records set during the 2009 tour.

“We are thrilled with our start in 2010, as families continue to make millions of ‘Magical Memories’ at our events,” said Michael Kenney, the Globetrotters’ senior vice president, live event marketing. “The feedback from fans during the first two weeks of the tour has been overwhelming, as more and more parents and children add our show to their family traditions.”

Contact: Jeff Younglove, (270) 745-2497.

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