Tournament championships for basketball and wrestling seek alternate venues:
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, OHSAA is changing sites for the boys and girls basketball, and wrestling state tournaments.
What is greedy about any place not wanting outsiders in their facility? I know of a few local schools that are not even allowing their Youth programs to use the Districts Facilities,Greed. Sad they can’t help out the High Schools for a couple weeks if everyone can come close to breaking even cost wise.
It because they are doing the COVID vaccines from there.I went to the boys state tournament for 26 consecutive years until last year when it got cancelled and it looks like I won't be able to go again this year because there's no way the general public will be able to attend.
They got pro stadiums set up to give vaccinations because they're already good at the logistics of moving people in and out. Other than altruistic, I agree with your motivations and hope something like that would be doable.Geographically it is a huge inconvenience to half of the state, but what about Cleveland for the state tournament? The Cavs can currently hold 2,000 fans and are working toward doubling that thanks to all of the precautions and technology that exists.
What's in it for Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse and the Cavs? Maybe not a whole lot except for some good will with the OHSAA and their member schools...for whatever that is worth to them. I know HS teams have been playing there for a while and the partnership between schools/Cavs allows for players and their families to buy discounted tickets to Cavs games. Increasing that partnership would have to be something the Cavs would be interested in.
Costs of broadcasting the games go up exponentially by using different sites for the finals.Four different sites for each division of state finals.There are a lot of high schools that could host 3 games for a regional or state tournament.