DeKALB — The Harlem Globetrotters will perform in DeKalb Jan. 30 at the Convocation Center. NIU paid the organization $145,0000, according to the Public Higher Education Bulletin.
The price of the tickets and time of sale is unknown at this time. Tickets for a Harlem Globetrotters event, on average, cost $50, according to “Excite,” a website that sells tickets for several events.
The Harlem Globetrotters are professional basketball players and performers from New York. Their shows take a comedic spin on an ordinary basketball game.
“They combine athleticism, theater, and comedy in their style of play,” according to the team’s website. The event welcomes people of all ages, and is great for fans of basketball or comedy, according to the website.
The Harlem Globetrotters are expected to play against long-time rival, the Washington Generals. The Washington Generals are usually the butt end of the joke when it comes to the performances and are showed up by the stars of the show.
The Globetrotters also have both female and male athletes. They have had female representation since 1985, but after 1993 there wasn’t another female Globetrotter until 2011, according to The Shadow League. The team currently has five female players. These players are all in the guard positions, and their stage names are Hoops, Torch, Ice, Swish and TNT.
The Globetrotters coming to the DeKalb area can bring many visitors to the city. Two upcoming events that include a performance by Trevor Noah and Young the Giant. Trevor Noah will perform at 6 p.m. on Oct. 11 and Young the Giant will perform 7 p.m. on Oct. 25, according to the Convocation Center’s website.