Globetrotters coming to Bridgeport; Help set the game’s rules

Fans can help determine the rules when the Harlem Globetrotters come to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

During the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour, fans can choose which new game-changing rules they want to see in their hometown. Online voting is now open at

The Globetrotters were the first organization in sports and entertainment to let fans vote on rules when the team introduced the concept last year.

Three never-seen-before rules

The 2014 online ballot includes three never-before-seen revolutionary rules:

Hot Hand Jersey: Both teams will have a “Hot Hand Jersey” they can pass among each other. The player who is wearing this jersey will receive double points on baskets.

Make or Miss: The quarter begins with only two players on the court for each team. When a team scores, a teammate may enter the game. When they miss, the player missing the shot must leave the court, leaving his or her teammates shorthanded.

Trick Shot Challenge: Via three challenge flags per team, each coach can challenge the other team to make a trick shot. If the team makes the trick shot, they earn five points. If they miss, the other team receives five points.

Family-friendly experience

The Globetrotters present a family-friendly, comedic show that features mesmerizing ball handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing. After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.

Tickets start at $23 and now are available at,, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

More than eight decades of play

During the Globetrotters 2014 North American tour, the team will play more than 290 games in over 250 cities in 47 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico.

The Globetrotters now are in their 88th consecutive year, and have showcased their talents in front of millions of fans in 122 countries and territories on six continents. The team has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., and played in front of popes, kings, queens and presidents.