Harlem Globetrotters take over Matthew Knight Arena

Harlem Globetrotters take over Matthew Knight Arena
Flip, one of the Harlem Globetrotters current members, dunks the ball in front of a packed crowd at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday night. Alan Sylvestre, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. –Trick after trick, the Harlem Globetrotters took over Matthew Knight Arena on Friday during their exhibition performance.


The Globetrotters visit in Eugene marked a stop along their 2014 “Fans Rule” tour. They picked stops on this tour based on the amount of fan support they received during their last world tour.


Starting this year, members of the audience were able to vote on various rules, including one where coaches could throw up a red flag to force a trick contest, where the coach of their opposing team, the World All-Stars, could call out a trick that the Globetrotters would have to fulfill.


Following their performance, they signed autographs to anyone interested.


The Globetrotters were founded in 1926 and have dedicated their team to providing theatrical, athletic and comedic entertainment to anyone in attendance.


Since the team’s inception, they have played over 25,000 games in 122 countries. Brother Bone’s version of “Sweet Georgia Brown” is their official theme song, and their mascot is “Globie,” so named because of the Globetrotters international influence over the years.


Their tour will continue with two stops at the Moda Center in Portland this weekend, and will continue to Yakima Valley Sundome in Yakima, Wash. on Feb 23.