With teams from the NBA regularly crossing the Atlantic to entertain British crowds, this quintessentially American game has lately gained a loyal following here in the UK. At StubHub you can find basketball tickets to events like the Euroleauge Final Four or catch Harlem Globetrotters on tour. Don't miss out on your opportunity to see stars of the calibre of LeBron James or Kobe Bryant in the flesh - buy and sell your basketball tickets safely and securely today, assured under our FanProtect Guarantee.
History of Basketball - More Than Shooting Hoops
From the gymnasiums of Springfield College to state-of-the-art arenas, this high-adrenaline sport has grown to become one of the world's most popular sports. Invented in 1891 by physical education professor Dr James Naismith to keep his young students fit throughout the cold New England winter, the game was first played with a football before the now iconic orange ball was introduced in the late 1950s. First and foremost a college sport, the game became more popular outside school grounds in the early 20th century. By the 1920s hundreds of professional basketball teams had cropped up all over the States, playing any venue big enough to house them. It wasn't until 1946 that an official organisation was formed and some years later, in 1949 the NBA became the professional organisation for the sport.
In 1893 the president of Birkenhead YMCA, C.J Proctor, introduced the sport to Britain for the first time, but it wasn't until World War I that the sport reached started to grow in popularity on our shores. Today, more and more Britons have become avid followers of the sport and the British Basketball League has been running since 1987. Be part of this ever-growing movement - buy your basketball tickets on StubHub.
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