Since 1981, the Glens Falls Civic Center has hosted the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) boys’ basketball tournament, the state’s most lucrative championship event. A recent turn of events, though, may result in the tournament being relocated after 2016.
The Times Union reports that although the Civic Center made a successful bid to host the event from 2017-19 in September, questions were raised about the Civic Center’s bid figures, and NYSPHSAA’s Executive Committee decided to re-open the bid process on October 9.
Last week, the Executive Committee met in Troy and revised the bidding process that potential host sites will have to go through for all NYSPHSAA championship events.
Previously, sites had to submit a written bid and give an oral presentation to the Executive Committee. Going forward, the presentation will be eliminated and sealed bids will be examined by the Championship Advisory Committee and the NYSPHSAA Executive Director before ultimately being voted on by the Executive Committee.
According to The Times Union, a vote is expected to take place to determine the 2017-19 tournament site by the end of the year. The front-runners will likely be Glens Falls and Binghamton, which finished second during the September bidding process.