Every year, the Big Island hosts its own version of the Women’s National Basketball Championship. The Boneyard serves as a gathering place for Connecticut men to socialize, party, and network before the team faces off against a national championship-caliber opponent. This year’s Boneyard hosted its third edition during the annual Mens Basketball Tournament. In an age where teams like Kentucky and Michigan State dominate the spotlight, it was fun to see a team like Connecticut play basketball – especially in front of these recruits! Not too long ago, this was a rarity: A non-traditional school playing basketball at home. But with sportswriters now getting their hands on digital cameras and smartphones, fans have grown more comfortable snapping photos of games and uploading them to social media. College life is also more accessible than ever: Nowadays, students can meet up with other students from different classes via group projects or even take up a hobby they enjoyed as a kid such as gaming or watching sports. When you consider that only 2/3 of college students are active in any one activity (math vs reading vs writing vs sports), it’s no wonder that college teams are moving away from traditional campus venues towards online platforms.
What makes Boneyard a Men’s Basketball Classic?
The Boneyard is where it’s at. It’s this club house for the weary. It’s the place for young men to gather for basketball, socialize, and network. It’s also where the Big Island plays basketball. Every year, the Boneyard hosts the Big Island’s own version of the Women’s National Basketball Championship. In an age where teams like Kentucky and Michigan State dominate the spotlight, it was fun to see a team like Connecticut play basketball – especially in front of these recruits!
Why play basketball at home?
Home is where the heart is. What’s not to love about that? The Boneyard is the ultimate party spot, with live entertainment, delicious food, and comfortable, homey chairs. It’s also a great place to put your own spin on an organized basketball gathering. This is the perfect spot for a pep rally, a family event, or a party at the end of the month. If you’re at a local high school, you can always stay in and watch the game from the bleachers!
Boneyard is a great place to network and socialize
This year, the Boneyard was packed with players from all over the country. Plenty of it – there were almost 100 players shared rapping between the teams. The Boneyard also doubled as a place for recruiting, as more than a few of this year’s prospects held down full-time jobs in the Bay Area. Want to meet up with a big-time player in person? You can text, email, or meet at the Boneyard. Want to meet up with a potential recruit in New Haven? Just head to the nearby town hall and wait in line. To make a meal out of anything is a given, so you can always pick up a healthy snack while you wait. The Boneyard also doubles as a recruiting hub, with multiple office hours and online recruiting services.
Boneyard is also great for converting potential players into members
The Boneyard has been a gathering place for the very best basketball players in the world since its inception. Now, with the addition of the NBA’s New England Revolution, it’ll be a more accessible place for Michigan, Indiana, and other top-notch teams to prepare for the tournament. It’s also the perfect time to get to know your fellow entrepreneurs and businesspeople in the Boneyard. From networking and socializing to networking with potential investors and employees, the Boneyard is a great place to meet people.
Boneyard doors open at 5:30pm
As the doors to the Boneyard open each night, there’s a good chance you’ll see a bunch of familiar faces in the crowd. NBA All-stars and NBA coaching prospects are one example. Wait a second – is that Carmelo Anthony? That’s a great sign for your organization! NBA teams and their managers and executives can always meet at the Boneyard to network and show appreciation for their players. And for the players themselves? A happy, buzzing Boneyard representing their team spirit is what they’ll be talking about the next day!
The party doesn’t stop here!
As the Boneyard opens at 5:30pm, you can expect to see lots of dancing and drinking. The pool – which is located at the back of the building – is filled with friends and family, so you can expect to see plenty of partying. When the sun starts to set, you can expect to see the crowds dwindle, and you’ll be able to enjoy a more serene, listening experience. At 3:30pm, the Boneyard lights up with live entertainment, food, and drink specials. You can expect to see hometown favorites like “Hail to the Chief,” “Can’t You See,” and “Ready To Run” playing.
A brief history of the Boneyard
The Boneyard was first held in 1945 at the Miramar Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut. It’s a beautiful building with classic architecture, a pool, and a merry, cheap restaurant. The Boneyard is like a party in a building – it feels more like a community event in the event hall where you’re likely to see friends and family.
Game-day fun for kids and adults
Like many college ball games, the Boneyard is a team-based event. That means it’s best for teams that consist of at least 10 players. Additionally, each team has designated areas where they can socialize, meet, and decompress after the game. Some teams even have separate rooms for teens and adult workers!
A casual gathering place for the whole family
The Boneyard is a family-friendly spot. Bask in the glow of the setting sun, or take in the sights and sounds of the nearby nightlife. It’s also a great place for kids to hang out and socialize with their peers. During the day, the court is usually quiet, with families and young people sharing in the freedom of the outdoors.
A manufacturer’s market for products
The Boneyard is the perfect market for products like fitness machines and workout resistance bands. It’s also the perfect place to sell or buy products like body-in-shaping clippers, workout gloves, and power bars. The Boneyard is also a great place to show off your products and promote your brand.
Budget-friendly and family-friendly
The Boneyard has a reputation for being affordable, but that doesn’t mean it’s cheap. The average price for a single event at Boneyard is $25. That’s quite a bit of money for a family of four to spend on fun and family-friendly activities. That said, the Boneyard is a great place to host events like pool parties, entertainment shows, and family-friendly events. It’s also a great place to shop for household items like washing machines and glass roofing shingles.