The Harlem Globetrotters will bring their dazzling brand of basketball sprinkled with humor to Hammond and Michigan City.
The visits are part of the Globetrotters Fans Rule World Tour celebrating the 88th year of the team's existence.
The Globetrotters are scheduled to perform Jan. 4 at the Hammond Civic Center and Jan. 23 at Michigan City High School.
The show begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. at both locations.
Spectators are always a big part of the comedy that occurs during Globetrotters performances and since last year fans have been able to go online to vote on which new game changing rules they want to see in their hometowns.
Fans can vote to see one of three changes:
One involves both teams passing to each other a "Hot Hand Jersey," and whichever player winds up with the jersey will receive double points on made baskets.
Another choice is Make or Miss, in which the quarter begins with only two players on the court for each team. When a team scores, a teammate may enter the game. When they miss, the player missing the shot must leave the court.
The third rules change to choose from is the Trick Shot Challenge, in which each coach can challenge the other team to make a trick shot. If the team makes the trick shot, they earn five points. If they miss, the other team receives five points.
Online voting is now open at harlemglobetrotters.com/rule.
Tickets start at $13 and are available at harlemglobetrotters.com, www.ticketweb.com, the Hammond Civic Center box office or by phone at (866) 468-3401.
Michigan City High School athletic director Robert ''Bear'' Falls said tickets for the Michigan City show also can be obtained online and at the high school at a later date.
He said the Globetrotters contacted his office and, after learning the high school gym holds up to 7,000 people, quickly worked out a deal with the school corporation for the performance.
''We worked and we talked and we worked and talked and the next thing you know we got a date and a contract,'' Falls said.