PORTLAND, Ore. (August 26, 2019)—Tickets for the Phil Knight Invitational (PKI), tipping off on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from Moda Center in Portland, Ore., are now on sale. The inaugural event, created by ESPN Events in conjunction with Rip City Management and Rose Quarter, will feature Memphis playing Oregon (9 p.m. ET, ESPN) and Oklahoma facing Oregon State (11 p.m., ESPN2).
Memphis and Oregon are currently ranked in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25, with Memphis boasting the No. 1 recruiting class, according to Recruiting Nation. PKI will feature 10 players in the 2019 ESPN 100, including four players from the top 25 – No. 1 James Wiseman (Memphis), No. 17 Precious Achiuwa (Memphis), No. 23 C.J. Walker (Oregon) and No. 25 D.J. Jeffries (Memphis).
PKI will continue to honor Nike co-founder and 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Knight and his contributions to college basketball. The event will take place annually through 2021, as announced earlier this year.
Established in 1995, the Rose Quarter is a 30-acre sports and entertainment district located on the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. The region is highlighted by two multi-purpose arenas, the 19,393-seat Moda Center and 12,888-seat Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Together, the venues serve as homes to the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, WHL’s Portland Winterhawks and a wide variety of concerts, family shows and other events. Founded in 1970 and purchased by the late Paul G. Allen in 1988, the Trail Blazers are the foremost resident of the Moda Center after winning the 1977 NBA Championship at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Widely known for its innovative approaches to sustainability and environmental practices, Moda Center is the first existing arena to earn earn LEED Platinum Certification in 2019 after receiving LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 and becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The Rose Quarter also includes a large commons area, annex office building, four parking garages, signature restaurant and bar Dr. Jack’s, and easy access to the city’s robust public transportation system. For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit rosequarter.com.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 16 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event, an esports event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and Tampa, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.