Arkansas, BYU, Notre Dame and Purdue Slated for Second Annual Event

SAN DIEGO (October 24, 2023) – Sports San Diego officials announced today that the field for the 2024 Rady Children’s Invitational will include the Arkansas Razorbacks, BYU Cougars, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Purdue Boilermakers. The second annual tournament will take place November 28-29 inside LionTree Arena on the campus of UC San Diego.

“We are fired up to have these premier college basketball programs and institutions with amazing traditions and fan bases set to play in San Diego next year,” said Mark Neville, CEO of Sports San Diego, the organization that produces the tournament. “Together with Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, FOX Sports, UC San Diego Athletics, and Global Sports & Events, we endeavor to produce one of the best early season college basketball tournaments in the country. Part of that means securing top basketball programs year after year. We are extremely proud of this 2024 field.”

Fans who purchase tickets to the 2023 Rady Children’s Invitational will have priority on tickets for the 2024 tournament.

The inaugural Rady Children’s Invitational tips off this Thanksgiving, November 23 at noon PT with two games.  Two games will also be played Friday, November 24 starting at 12:30 p.m. PT.  This year’s tournament includes the Iowa Hawkeyes, USC Trojans, Seton Hall Pirates and the Oklahoma Sooners. The games will air nationally on FS1 (November 23) and FOX (November 24).

“We’re thrilled that the Rady Children’s Invitational is attracting some of the best college programs in the country to our region and shining the national spotlight on San Diego,” said Stephen Jennings, Senior Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer at Rady Children’s Hospital and Executive Director at Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Whether as a spectator or a participant, sports like basketball have the power to bring families together, and that’s what we’re all about at Rady Children’s.”

Ticket prices for the 2023 event range from $35 to $125 per day.  Each day includes two games.  Two-day tickets are also available. Fans wanting to purchase tickets are encouraged to visit  $5 from each ticket sold will be donated to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego

About the 2024 Rady Children’s Invitational Teams:

Arkansas Razorbacks:

The Razorbacks are a top-25 program all-time in winning percentage (.641), a top-20 program by games played, a top-20 program by NCAA Tournament games won, and a top-15 program in Final Four appearances with six.

BYU Cougars:

The Cougars have won 27 conference championships and competed in 29 NCAA Tournaments.BYU has also won 1,786 games, ranking 12th among all Division I programs.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish:

The Fighting Irish have made 37 NCAA tournament appearances, which includes 17 appearances in the Sweet Sixteen, and seven trips to the Elite 8. Notre Dame leads all schools with three of the 18 total three-time Consensus All-American selections.

Purdue Boilermakers:

The Boilermakers have reached the Final Four twice, have won 25 Big Ten titles and have made the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 an impressive 13 times. In addition, Purdue has sent 30 players to the NBA.


About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families — in our community, throughout the nation and around the world. As one of the largest children’s hospitals on the West Coast and one of the nation’s top pediatric health care systems, we are proud to provide care to more than 90 percent of the children in our region. With so many families depending on Rady Children’s, we rely on our incredible team of more than 1,000 physicians, nearly 1,500 nurses, more than 5,100 employees, and about 500 active volunteers to provide outstanding care and fulfill our covenant to the community. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on donations to support our mission. For more information, visit and find us on FacebookTwitter and Vimeo.


About Sports San Diego

Recognizing that San Diego is a premier tourist destination, the mission of Sports San Diego, a non-profit 501c3 organization, is to generate tourism, visibility, and economic impact for the San Diego region by producing the Rady Children’s Invitational, Holiday Bowl, California State Games and recruiting outstanding sports events and experiences to San Diego.  Since 1978, the association has generated more than $1 billion in economic benefit for the San Diego region.


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