78th Basketball Tournament - June 9-11, 2017

Merrillville, IN

Hosts: St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and SNF Lodge #170 "Serbia"

MERRILLVILLE, IN - 2017 SNF Basketball Tournament Chairman Mike Barach and the entire SNF Lodge #170-Srbija committee is working hard to make your next visit to St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral a great one during the entire event. 

Working hand in hand with the South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority, Mike has provided a link for reserving accommodations. “We have roughly 200 rooms blocked off, and if more are needed we can add on,” Mike tells us.  

Many past tournament goers have stayed at the Radisson Hotel at US 30 and I-65. “We should mention that the Radisson is currently completely closed due to renovations in progress.”  However, even if the hotels listed are not familiar to you, there is a key feature on the link that shows its distance to the gyms. The deadline to book rooms at the specially discounted SNF rates is May 19, 2017. 

Hotel Reservations Link


Presently, all games will be played at the field house in Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln Street in nearby Highland, Indiana.  Past participants are familiar with the Lincoln Center from SNF tournaments and Serbian Eagles Athletic Club events. The committee is also looking to secure an additional location to facilitate a manageable schedule for all teams and fans.

At time of print, D J Spaz of Chicago has already committed to spin his music every night at the tournament, beginning with a Thursday evening welcome social. Prazna Flasha tamburitza orchestra of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will entertain in the big bar on Friday and Saturday nights. 

Little has to be said about the excellent food always provided in Merrillville. Susan Grubnich tells us offerings will include cevaps with potato salad, cole slaw and bread; sausage sandwich topped with kupus; on Friday only: fish and French fries; and on Saturday only, barbecued lamb. 

Make your plans to be in Indiana for the 78th Annual SNF Basketball Tournament, June 9-11. Come early on Thursday, June 8 for good food, good music and a complete preview of the weekend’s events. 

Here are the basketball tournament rules and regulations.


77th Basketball Tournament - May 20-21, 2016 

Detroit, Michigan
Hosts: Lodge #98 with St. Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral "Ravanica"