Red Bull King of the Rock One-on-One Basketball Battle Coming to Alcatraz, Starring Rajon Rondo

This was the scene this AM in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle where Red Bull took over the courts to have qualifying for its King of the Rock one-on-one basketball tourney

64 will make it to the finals to vie for $10,000 on Alcatraz the evening of September 18th, 2010.

Looks as if Oakland will be the last place you’ll have to qualify:

  • OAKLAND – September 11

    Mosswood Park
    3612 Webster St. (W MacArthur Boulevard between Webster Street and Broadway)
    Oakland, CA 94609

    9:00 AM – Registration Opens
    10:00 AM – Competition Begins

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    All the deets:

    “For 29 long years, more than 1,500 men dreamed of nothing but getting off of Alcatraz. But beginning on July 17, hundreds will try their hardest to make it onto the island, with the goal of being crowned King of the Rock. Red Bull King of the Rock will be the first sporting event held on Alcatraz since the inmates left the island over 50 years ago. This one-on-one basketball tournament will kick off with six qualifiers on the West Coast, with participating cities including: Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland. Sixty-Four contestants will emerge from these six qualifiers and make their way to Alcatraz, one of the world’s most iconic and recognizable locations, for the final showdown hosted by All-Star guard Rajon Rondo on September 18.”

    Ever more deets, after the jump

    “Both the Qualifiers and the Finals on Alcatraz will follow a straightforward concept where players go head-to-head in raw outdoor basketball, using a single elimination tournament bracket. Games will last five minutes and be subject to regulation hoops rules and scoring (2 and 3 pointers). All games will be played on a half-court layout with four games running at once, each with their own referee, court manager and scoreboard. Players definitely have to be tough to make it to The Rock, but must also play smart – five fouls equals an automatic loss. After each game the loser walks, and the winner must remain on the court to immediately face his next opponent. Thus, the more a player wins, the longer he plays. So while pure hoops ability is essential, endurance will also play a major role in overall victory. In the end, there can be only one king, so out of the 64 finalists, only one will be crowned “King of the Rock” and collect the $10,000 prize.”

    Each Red Bull King of the Rock Qualifier will be a 64-person bracket competition. Only the first 64 players to register will be accepted into the competition, so players should arrive on time if they want to compete.

    • LOS ANGELES – July 17

      Westchester Recreation Center
      7000 West Manchester Ave.,
      Los Angeles, CA 90045

      9:00 AM – Registration Opens
      10:00 AM – Competition Begins

    • SEATTLE – August 7

      Seattle Center Outdoor Basketball Court
      370 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 98109

      9:00 AM – Registration Opens
      10:00 AM – Competition Begins

    • SAN DIEGO – July 24

      Embarcadero Marina Park South
      111 West Harbor Drive,
      San Diego, CA 92101
      (Behind San Diego Convention Center)

      9:00 AM – Registration Opens
      10:00 AM – Competition Begins

    • SAN FRANCISCO – August 28

      Golden Gate Park, Panhandle Park Courts
      Oak St. & Clayton St., San Francisco, CA 94117

      9:00 AM – Registration Opens
      10:00 AM – Competition Begins

    • PHOENIX – July 31

      Grayhawk Community Park
      20199 N. 78th Place, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255
      (Located at the southwest corner of Hayden Road & Thompson Peak Parkway)

      4:00 PM – Registration Opens
      5:00 PM – Competition Begins

    • OAKLAND – September 11

      Mosswood Park
      3612 Webster St. (W MacArthur Boulevard between Webster Street and Broadway)
      Oakland, CA 94609

      9:00 AM – Registration Opens
      10:00 AM – Competition Begins

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    3 Responses to “Red Bull King of the Rock One-on-One Basketball Battle Coming to Alcatraz, Starring Rajon Rondo”

    1. john q. public says:

      Who ever thought it was okay to allow some douchebag to yell into a microphone as loud as humanly possible at 10 am on August 28th in Panhandle Park for your stupid pick up game should be shaken upside down and dropped on their heads. You have no concern for the thousands of people who are sleeping or just relaxing at home in the densely populated neighborhood. Next time you guys throw an event at the park please be more considerate(keep it down and give the neighbors forewarning)- and let your “emcee” know that he sucks at hosting. Nothing significant came out of his mouth and unfortunately I heard every word- across the street with the windows shut. Highly irresponsible and inconsiderate.

    2. John Q.: Relax :) says:

      Thanks!

    3. chiller says:

      What a crybaby, I live in the Panhandle and cruised over to check it out when I heard the event. At 10am its totally fine to have music playing. Sounds like somebody isn’t getting any.