CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tickets for the 2016 Pac-12 China Game presented by Alibaba Group are now on sale to the public, the conference announced today. Harvard men's basketball will take on Stanford Nov. 12 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.
"After last year's historic game, we're proud to continue to demonstrate the unifying and educational power of sport with the second Pac-12 China Game," said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. "A fundamental tenet shared by the Pac-12 and the Ivy League is to provide incredible opportunities and experiences to student-athletes, and we're thrilled that this year's game will spotlight two universities that truly embody academic and athletic excellence."
The Pac-12 China Game will help usher in the start of the American college basketball season. The game will tip at 11 a.m. local Shanghai time on Saturday, Nov. 12 and be televised live by ESPN in the United States on Friday, Nov. 11. Tickets are available through Damai.cn in the United States and China.
Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), the world's largest online and mobile commerce company, returns as the presenting sponsor and will distribute the game live via their mobile and digital distribution platforms. The company's leadership will also host the two teams and delegations from the universities at their headquarters in Hangzhou for an educational seminar on Chinese economy and e-commerce.
Longtime Pac-12 partner Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC), which operates under China's Ministry of Education, will co-host the game, and AEG Asia will again operate the event at Mercedes-Benz Arena and also serve as event promoter.
Harvard is looking for its sixth Ivy League title over the last seven years. The Crimson will be led by All-Ivy League selections Siyani Chambers and Zena Edosomwan. Harvard returns 13 letterwinners and welcomes seven freshmen to the 2016-17 roster.