Basketball Teams Invade Louisville for Country’s Largest Youth Basketball Event


Six basketball tournaments take to the court in July at the Kentucky Exposition Center, creating the largest youth basketball tournament in the country. The tournaments are expected to draw 9,000 athletes, more than 1,000 college recruiters and 100 national media outlets.

The tournament features more than 82 courts and 900 teams, with divisions spanning grades 8 through 11. Players represent states across the country, from California to Massachusetts and Florida to Minnesota, with a number of teams hailing from Canada.

The two largest tournaments, Battle in the Boro and Run for the Roses, were previously held in Lexington and Nashville. The tournaments relocated to Louisville because of the Kentucky Exposition Center’s expansive court space. Other deciding factors included amenities such as the proximity of Kentucky Kingdom and affordable hotel rooms.

The tournaments contracts with the Kentucky Exposition Center extend through 2021, and are estimated to bring more than $20 million in economic impact to the region each year.

The Kentucky Exposition Center hosts more than 30 youth sporting events annually – including volleyball, archery, cheer and dance, martial arts and BMX – and continues to grow as a youth sports destination. To learn more about the facility or check its calendar of events, visit


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