Hoop Group, the team behind Pittsburgh Jam Fest, an elite AAU basketball tournament, and Sports Pittsburgh have reached a deal to move the event to David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The partnership, announced Feb. 18, ensures the high-level youth tournament will stay in Steel City for the foreseeable future. It will take place April 22-24.
More than 300 teams comprised of talented teenagers from across the country will converge under one roof for the first time in the event’s history. Previously the tournament was spread out over multiple venues in Pittsburgh.
The convention center will be configured with 24 basketball courts, adding convenience for the athletes, their families and the top college basketball coaches scouting players. Perhaps most importantly it will alleviate Hoop Group’s concerns about Jam Fest becoming unwieldy as it continues to grow.
Jennifer Hawkins, executive director of sports development at Visit Pittsburgh, says there was a possibility Hoop Group would move to a different city if a solution was not reached. “It was time for our community to rally to keep this prestigious event,” she says.