Red Bull King of the Rock Brings Basketball Back to Alcatraz

One-on-One Basketball Tournament Will Mark the First Sporting Event Ever Held on Alcatraz

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 29, 2010) -  For 29 long years, more than 1,500 men dreamed of 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 ever held on Alcatraz, and the first time basketball has been played there 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: 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 on September 18.

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 (two and three 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."

Event Schedule:

  • July 17 - Los Angeles, Westchester Recreation Center
  • July 24 - San Diego, Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • July 31 - Phoenix, Grayhawk Park in North Scottsdale
  • August 7 - Seattle, Seattle Center Courts
  • August 28 - San Francisco, Panhandle Park Courts in Golden Gate Park
  • September 11 - Oakland, Mosswood Park


  • September 18 - San Francisco, The Yard on Alcatraz

Red Bull King of the Rock is open to all ages, amateur and pro alike. Registration will take place on-site for each of the six qualifiers and will take the form of a 64-person bracket competition. Only the first 64 players to register will be accepted into each qualifier, so early arrival is encouraged. The only way to play in the Finals on Alcatraz is to attend one of the six qualifiers and earn a spot. Players interested in competing should visit for more information. 

Red Bull will be teaming up with Converse, 2K Sports, SLAM and 24 Hour Fitness for this historic event.

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Media Contact:
Scott Houston