The Harlem Globetrotters Return to Springfield Jan. 18

The Harlem Globetrotters are in town, performing in Springfield next Thursday night. El Gato Melendez, a native of Puerto Rico, is one of the Globies showing you basketball magic at JQH Arena on January 18th.  He stopped by KOLR10 Daybreak to show us some tricks and talk about how much hard work goes into that magic.

The 2018 "Amazing Feats of Basketball World Tour" celebrates the team's unique brand of entertainment.

After 91 years of thrilling and exciting crowds of basketball fans all over the world, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2018 "Amazing Feats of Basketball World Tour" to JQH Arena in Springfield on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at 7 p.m.

The Harlem Globetrotters will take their show to a new level this year by celebrating the special blend of basketball and entertainment which has made the team iconic. The team's upcoming performance will showcase the high-flying, fun, and memory-making moments that the Globetrotters are known for. The dribbling, the dunking, and the shooting - don't forget, they led all of basketball in 4-point shots made in 2017 - will all be on full display during the 2018 tour.

The Globetrotters feature the world's largest collection of elite dunkers, including six players who have competed in the annual College Slam Dunk contest held during Final Four weekend, a Guinness World Record holder for slam dunks, and the 2016 winner of the popular TV show "The Dunk King."

Prior to every game, the Globetrotters will bring fans closer than anywhere else in sports, with an unmatched pregame fan interaction with its Magic Pass. This ticketed event allows fans an exclusive opportunity to interact with the team's stars on the court, shoot hoops, learn tricks, and pose for pictures. After the game, Globetrotter stars will be on hand for additional autograph and photo opportunities.

Tickets are now available at,, the JQH Arena box office, or by phone at 888-476-7849. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at

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