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2016 Battle 4 Atlantis preview

The 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis celebrates the sixth year of the elite collegiate basketball tournament, once again bringing eight top US teams to The Bahamas' Atlantis resort on Paradise Island. Pictured: Players from Villanova University celebrate their victory in the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis Champions. (Photo courtesy Atlantis Paradise Island)

Monday, April 18, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016

The 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis celebrates the sixth year of the elite collegiate basketball tournament, once again bringing eight US top teams to The Bahamas’ Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.

The tournament field this year consists: Michigan State University, University of Louisville, Wichita State University, Baylor University, Louisiana State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, St John’s University, and Old Dominion University.

The annual Battle 4 Atlantis once again falls during the Thanksgiving holiday, scheduled to take place November 23-25, 2016. The 12-game, three-day tournament is regarded as one of the most challenging early-season tournaments, following five years of high-level teams and success.

The 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis’ 12 games air live on both ESPN (a three-year partner) and AXS TV (a five-year partner) networks.

All games take place in the Imperial Arena, a half-million dollar temporary arena located on-property at Atlantis. The Imperial Arena, equipped with state-of-the-art regulation facilities, is just one of the iconic resort’s extraordinary features, in addition to other amenities such as the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, a 141-acre award-winning water park, the most exciting casino in The Bahamas, and a variety of guest accommodations and activities for everyone.

Last year’s winners Syracuse University secured a spot in the 2016 NCAA Tournament’s Final Four, alongside three other Battle 4 Atlantis alumni.

The 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis Champions, Villanova University, eventually won the 2016 NCAA Championship on April 4.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, together with aviation event promoters Sun n Fun, are gearing up the Grand Bahama Air Show to take place on Taino Beach this weekend. The event will include a dazzling airshow and aircraft exhibits, according to the organizers.

Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the region's largest marketing forum, will return to The Bahamas for the second consecutive year when the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) stages the event January 31 - February 2, 2017 at Atlantis Paradise Island.

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