FAQ

What is the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic?

The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is a three-day, eight-team, 12-game men’s Division I exempt basketball event. All 12 games are played at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. The eight teams that will compete in 2016 include Illinois State, San Diego State, San Francisco, Southern Mississippi, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah and host Hawai’i.

How long has Hawaiian Airlines been the title sponsor?

Hawaiian Airlines has been the title sponsor of the Diamond Head Classic since the event’s inception in 2009. The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Events.

How long has the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic been in existence?

The tournament is now heading into its eighth year, having tipped off for the first time in 2009. The Big West is the host conference and the University of Hawai’i is its representative each year in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

Where and when will the games be played in 2016?

Games will be played at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, where it has become a holiday tradition on the island of O’ahu. Game times and television network information will be available next fall.

What is the history of the Stan Sheriff Center?

The Stan Sheriff Center opened in 1994 and is named after former University of Hawai‘i athletics director Stan Sheriff, who lobbied for its construction. The facility has served as the home of the University of Hawai‘i men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. The SSC seats 10,300, making it one of the largest facilities in the Big West Conference.  The Stan Sheriff Center also plays host to many non-UH events. High school state championships and musical concerts are regularly held at the arena. The NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers have conducted several preseason camps there, and national television audiences tuned in to see NBA and WNBA stars suit up here for Team USA in a stop before the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Why Oahu?

Known as the “Gathering Place,” Oahu is the third largest island as well as home to the majority of Hawaii’s diverse population, a fusion of East and West cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the native Hawaiian people. This is an island of activity. Whether you’re learning to surf in legendary Waikiki, hiking through the rich rain forests of Waimea Valley or watching the brilliant pastels of dusk fade off of Sunset Beach, you’ll find variety at every turn on Oahu.

ESPN EVENTS

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, 13 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities and provides unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Marmot Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Orlando Kickoff (Florida); Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Collegiate Basketball

AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan); DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s  Classic Presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (Storrs, Conn.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan) and State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago)

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