Previous standout sporting events include the 1973 European Champions basketball cup, and the 1977 European Basketball Championship, and it has also staged four operas. This year Country Hall will host the first round of the World Group men’s tennis of the Davis Cup from 4 to 6 March. Plus, world-renowned exhibition basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters will visit the venue on 1 April to perform a show combining theatre, comedy and athleticism. The team has played over 20,000 games in 120 countries around the world. Other key happenings this year are shows by French comedian Laurent Gerra on 15 April.