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Great Alaska Shootout

In Anchorage, basketball rules Thanksgiving week with the Great Alaska Shootout. Top collegiate teams show their prowess on the court over the holiday long weekend. The tournament runs Thanksgiving weekend, and 2017 is the tournament's 40th anniversary.

A tradition in Anchorage, the annual tournament is hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage at the Alaska Airlines Center.

For 2017, the hometown UAA Seawolves face off against Cal Poly, CSU Bakersfield, Central Michigan, College of Charleston, Idaho, Sam Houston State and Santa Clara in the men's bracket. the field for the women's tournament is to be announced in the coming months.

Purchase ticket packages, and find tournament information at Single game tickets are on sale in November.

Thanksgiving in Anchorage

In between games, there is plenty to see and do during Thanksgiving in Anchorage. Thanksgiving week is filled with events. The annual tree lighting ceremony takes place Friday evening in Town Square Park. "The Nutcracker", and the state's best shopping are all part of the appeal.