The Hooplandia tournament is considered a success by the organizers and companies

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – West Springfield’s Hooplandia basketball tournament is now over, and if there’s anything about big events like this, it can not only bring success to itself, but to local restaurants as well.

Now that it’s all said and done, crews at the Eastern States Exposition spent Monday tearing down the tents and hoops after a weekend full of basketball competition and fun. According to Eastern States Exposition President and CEO Gene Cassidy, the second annual tournament and festival was more successful than last year.

“Everyone had a great time and the teams did really well. It was great basketball, a lot of fun to see everyone together and the camaraderie. Three-on-three is a great, fun, action-packed sport to watch and I enjoyed it too because you were there competing,” Cassidy said.

Cassidy said more than 225 teams took part, including several from outside the Commonwealth. Warm temperatures and some torrential downpours from Friday to Sunday forced some spectators to stay indoors, but that didn’t stop players of all ages from getting their game on.

“Fortunately, at Eastern States (Expo), we have a tremendous amount of space under cover, so we were able to pull it off successfully,” Cassidy added.

Big events like Hooplandia mean big business for restaurants. For example, take Memo’s, a well-known breakfast and brunch spot located right across the street from the fairgrounds. Owner Dom Pompi told Western Mass News there was a spike in business over the three-day weekend.

“We got a few customers early in the morning and between games. It helped us a little bit, especially with the heat and people trying to get out of the heat and stay cool,” Pompi said.

There is a quote hanging on the interior walls that reads “Welcome to Memo’s. May all who enter as guests depart as friends.”
To Pompi, that certainly rang true.

“They get along with the girls (servers), they like the service, they like the food and they like all the attention. You give them attention and they eat it right up,” Pompi added.

Overall, Cassidy said it was a slam dunk to see participants and spectators celebrate the game.

“It marries our mission to build community. As a witness to it, it’s heartwarming to see the families, the camaraderie, the friendships, the coaching, the youth of all ages enjoying such an amazing sport,” explained Cassidy.

The Eastern States Exposition and loyal businesses like Memo’s thank everyone who came out and showed their support.

It has been confirmed that Hooplandia will return early next summer.