Globetrotters let fans determine rules at SOEC

Harlem Globetrotters return to Penticton at South Okanagan Event Centre letting the fans make up the rules of the game.

Harlem Globetrotters player Scooter Christiensen gives a hand to an audience member trying a ball-spinning trick during a show.

Harlem Globetrotters player Scooter Christiensen gives a hand to an audience member trying a ball-spinning trick during a show.

Known as innovators of the game of basketball for decades, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will be taking audience participation to whole new level when the return to the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The Globetrotters You Write the Rules World Tour is coming to Penticton on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Unparalleled in the history of sports and family entertainment, the Globetrotters will have fans decide the rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. This could be anything from playing with two basketballs at once, to getting double the points for each basket made. Go online to to vote for which ground-breaking rule you want to see implemented in the game and see the winning results in live action at the Globetrotters game.

Before the game, some audience members will also take part in a unique experience where they will get to spend time on the court with the Globetrotters one-on-one. The 30-minute pre-show, Magic Pass, will give time for fans to try out ball tricks, take in some shooting, autographs and photos with this year’s Globetrotters roster which features Hi-Lite Bruton, Dizzy Grant, Ant Atkinson and female star Mighty Mitchell.

The Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 87 consecutive year in 2013 by continuing their world-famous tradition of ball-handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment. The You Write the Rules World Tour tips off on Dec. 26 and will run through April 2013. The team will play over 270 games in nearly 240 cities in 45 states and nine Canadian provinces.

Tickets for the Harlem Globetrotters are $20, $34 and $70 (plus additional fees) and are on sale Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at or, by phone at 1-877-SOEC-TIX or in person at the Valley First Box Office (at the SOEC) and the Penticton & Wine Country Visitor Centre.

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