Crossroad Classic extended through 2016
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-2691 July 22, 2013 11:14PM
Updated: August 24, 2013 6:36AM
The Crossroads Classic — the doubleheader men’s basketball event featuring Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue and Butler — will continue through 2016, the athletic directors from each school announced Monday.
Notre Dame will take on Indiana and Purdue faces Butler on Dec. 19, 2015. Notre Dame meets Purdue while Indiana plays Butler on Dec. 17, 2016. The games will be at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
“I think this has become a signature event for the schools, the City of Indianapolis and the State of Indiana,” IU athletics director Fred Glass said in a statement. “We have enjoyed an outstanding relationship with Purdue, Butler and Notre Dame along with Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Indiana Pacers organization. We could not be more pleased.”
Butler is 2-0 in the event. The Irish and Hoosiers are both 1-1. Purdue is 0-2.
This year’s Crossroads Classic game between the Irish and the Hoosiers takes place at 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The game will be on ESPN. Purdue and Butler meet at 5 p.m. on Big Ten Network.
“I think I speak for my three colleagues when I say that while we envisioned the Crossroads Classic being a success, its popularity the first two years has exceeded our expectations,” Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said in a statement. “As a result, it was an easy decision to once again extend the agreement. We have a great partnership with Bankers Life Fieldhouse and our television partners and hope this budding holiday tradition continues to grow.”
Next year, Notre Dame faces Purdue and Indiana takes on Butler on Dec. 20.
“We are so excited that Bankers Life Fieldhouse will continue to be the home of the Crossroads Classic,” said Rick Fuson, chief operating officer of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in a statement.
“We are so fortunate to have these four great educational institutions in our state and so proud of each of them in continuing to uphold the highest standards in both academics and athletics. Basketball is our game in this state, and it is an honor for us to be part of this tradition. We are grateful to be chosen as the host venue for this great day of college basketball.”