The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has decided to postpone its 2020 enshrinement ceremony until early 2021 as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The star-studded event will include the induction of National Basketball Association legends Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and the late Kobe Bryant.
There will be separate ceremonies for the classes of 2020 and 2021 next year, ESPN has reported.
This year’s event was due to be staged in Springfield, Massachusetts, on August 28-30, while October 10-12 was mooted as an alternative date.
“We’re definitely canceling,” Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of the board of the governors for the Hall, told ESPN. “It’s going to have to be the first quarter of next year. We’ll meet in a couple of weeks and look at the options of how and when and where.”
The Hall recently underwent a $23m renovation, which includes the refurbishment of the Hall’s dome, the addition of new technology and visitor experiences, a fully redesigned “High Above Center Court” experience, and a new Honors Ring.
In April, the National Baseball Hall of Fame canceled its entire 2020 Induction Weekend scheduled for July, and will instead stage the event in July 2021.