However, early Saturday, they were lined up at Springfield’s Basketball Hall of Fame, waiting for their turn at history. “It’s a lot of pressure because if you miss, you’re pretty much out,” said Ethan Chan.
“I thought me and my friends could get through a couple of rounds, but not as far as I thought,” Emily Letendre admitted.
People of all ages were trying to knock down the current Guinness World Record for the largest game of Knockout. The record was set in April at Iowa State University with 571 players.
The game’s objective is to make buckets not only to avoid elimination, but to get rid of other players, “I could’ve done better, I normally do. But that’s ok. I’m kind of bad at basketball, said Lilly-Beth Linnell.
While just under 200 players showed up at the Hall of Fame, Knockout wasn’t only an attempt to break a record, but to get people excited about one of the city’s biggest events. “The D1 MAAC Men’s and Women’s Championships come to town. The winners advance to March Madness. Our overall goal is to bring attention to the MAAC Championships in March,” Matt Hollander, General Manager of the Mass Mutual Center said.
Even though Springfield fell short, some folks already had ideas of what records they’d want to break.
“Probably for soccer, but basketball is still really good,” Chan chimed.
“I’d want to be in it for making the most 3 pointers,” Letendre added.
This isn’t the only attempt there will be several more tries at the Knockout record before the MAAC hits the city in March.
Today’s Knockout winner got a gift basket worth $500, including tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters, and a Pizzeria Uno Gift card.