Louisville to Host Major Youth Basketball Tournament | Youth Sports

The nation’s largest youth basketball tournament opens Tuesday at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Run 4 the Roses returns to Louisville with a national television audience ready to watch the championship game Friday on ESPNU and ESPN+.

The women’s basketball tournament is breaking attendance records this year with more than 1,500 teams playing on 84 courts. Kentucky Venues said it considers this year’s Run 4 the Roses the greatest youth basketball tournament in history.

Created in 2009 with just 29 teams, this year’s tournament represents 47 states and five countries. Athletes are expected to compete in front of more than 1,200 college coaches.

“Our exhibit halls provide unparalleled space for large courts, which is why the Kentucky Exposition Center is known as the premier venue for youth sporting events,” said David S. Beck, president and CEO of Kentucky Venues.

“Elsewhere, teams are forced to navigate between different venues scattered around the city, but in Louisville and the Kentucky Exposition Center, we can host a record-breaking basketball tournament under one roof.”

Run 4 the Roses isn’t the only basketball tournament to take over the Kentucky Exposition Center in July. Also on the program, Roses Rising Stars, July 4-6; Ballin’ Under 1 Roof, July 8-10; Sneaker Wars, July 9; Battle in the Boro, 10-12 July; and the Grassroots Showcase, July 22-24.

From a tourism perspective, Kentucky Venues said basketball events alone in July will generate more than $34 million and bring 57,000 visitors to Louisville.

The Kentucky Exposition Center hosts more than 30 sporting events a year, including volleyball, archery, cheering, dancing, and martial arts. To learn more about the facility or view its calendar of events, visit kyexpo.org.

Kristen T. Prall