Being one of the most cosmopolitan, glamorous and widely-visited cities in the world, anyone with a desire to wow crowds and entertain with zestful determination, naturally want to come to London.
The Harlem Globetrotters in London in 2013 sounds positively exciting, with their super athletic dynamic display of mesmerizing entertainment, this is one such team that promises to enthral audiences on a London stage.
On March 30, 2013, the Harlem Globetrotters will play and show off an extraordinary dazzling basketball display to 12,000 people at the Wembley Arena Stadium, in a show that promises to be no ordinary game of basketball.
The Globetrotters have been thrilling their fans for over 80 years. They were formed in the south side of Chicago and despite being from Chicago; the team decided to call themselves the “New York Harlem Globe Trotters”. This decision was due to the fact that Harlem was considered by black Americans to be the centre of African-American culture.
This world-famous basketball team have, in their time, been accused of playing for “Uncle Tom”, due to their larking about and playful antics on the pitch. But as Oklahoma state basketball player, Jessie Jackson remarked:
“The Harlem Globetrotters only emitted a sense of style and superiority as they went about their business with such humour and skill.”
In 1959, the Harlem Globetrotters were invited to play in Moscow, USSR. The reserved and conservative Russian audience could not believe what they were watching, black American athletes skilfully and almost mockingly annihilating their opponents. The team was paid $4,000 per game but they had to spend it all in Moscow. One can only wonder at what they might have spent so much money on in Moscow in 1959!
Being a world-class music and sports venue, Wembley Arena Stadium is certainly no stranger to hosting exhilarating shows of superlative sportsmanship. The Harlem Globetrotters in London, a star studded team that prides itself of playing exhibitionist basketball, promise to create a few fireworks at Wembley on March 30 this year.