For 20 high school basketball teams, a one-time fantasy gets transformed into sweet reality when they play the Section III championships at the Carrier Dome.
Unless your name is Dajuan Coleman or Breanna Stewart, this is, likely, the closest any of these teenagers will ever get to play on the same court where SU legends were made. That’s an allure that other venues, whether it’s Utica Auditorium or even OCC’s glorious new SRC Arena, can’t match.
At the same time, though, this set of championship games is serving as a test of sorts, to see if something much bigger will come to town.
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Section III has made no secret of wanting to bring the New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys basketball championships to the Dome starting in 2014. That would be fine, except for the small fact that they’ve found a safe, secure and happy home in Glens Falls for more than 30 years.
This is the rare instance of an issue where strong, logical and compelling arguments can be made for either side, and the answer is not wrong, whichever side you fall on.
Start with the Glens Falls point of view. Since 1981, the state basketball tournament has made a nice, comfortable home there at the city’s Civic Center, evolving into a strong tradition and the biggest sporting event in that area each year.
During that time, the tournament committee, working on a volunteer basis, has turned the whole experience into something special. Ask any player or coach from any participating team, and they’ll rave about the way they were treated.
The media adds to that special feeling, too, with exemplary, all-out coverage from the local Post-Star that includes live streams of every single game, semifinals and finals. For hoops fans that can’t make the trip, it puts you there, and it’s exciting.