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NBA Exhibitions in Small Town America

Posted by Andrew McKillop on March 3, 2011

Below is a list of small municipalities that have hosted an exhibition game between two NBA teams.  The list below is a work and progress, and not complete by any means.  If you have any additions please contact me.  To qualify for the list, the municipality must have had a population of 5,000 or less in the 2000 U.S. census.

Legend: St (State), Pop (2000 U.S. Census Population), Abbreviations

Year Date Location St Pop Won Lost Score
1986 10-Oct Kykotsmovi Village AZ 776 PHO DAL 105-97
1968 26-Sep Miami AZ 1,936 PHO SEA 104-99
2008 11-Oct Indian Wells CA 3,816 DEN PHO 77-72
2009 10-Oct Indian Wells CA 3,816 GSW PHO 104-101
2010 9-Oct Indian Wells CA 3,816 PHO DAL 98-90
1960 1-Oct Eldorado IL 4,534 STL CIN 120-115
1956 12-Oct Bethel ME 2,411 BOS ROC 96-90
1956 10-Oct Boothbay Harbor ME 2,334 ROC BOS 97-92
1957 8-Oct Boothbay Harbor ME 2,334 ROC BOS 108-98
1952 16-Oct Calais ME 3,447 BOS ROC 91-89
1955 12-Oct Fort Fairfield ME 3,579 BOS PHW 100-97
1952 14-Oct Negaunee MI 4,576 MLH FTW 78-76
1953 20-Oct Negaunee MI 4,576 MPL MLH 83-60
1955 25-Oct Ada MN 1,657 STL MPL 87-81
1953 12-Oct Pipestone MN 4,280 MPL MLH 64-63
1953 11-Oct Sleepy Eye MN 3,515 MPL MLH 74-63
1962 28-Sep Bloomfield MO 1,952 CHZ STL 103-95
1957 9-Oct Flat River MO * SYR STL 92-81
1958 15-Oct Flat River MO * STL MPL 111-102
1954 8-Oct Wolf Point MT 2,663 MPL MLH 95-87
1976 7-Oct Mansfield PA 3,411 BFB CLE 122-117
1959 7-Oct Windsor VT 3,756 BOS MPL 117-101


* – Flat River Missouri no longer exist as a municipality.  The 1/2/1994  edition of the Alton (IL) Telegraph reported that Flat River, and three other Missouri cities merged together to form Park Hills Missouri.


Population figures are from the 2000 U.S. Census, and were accessed from the U.S. Census Bureau Population Finder tool.

Newspaper references can be accessed here (4 pages).



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