GLENS FALLS — It’s back.
After three years in Binghamton, the final four of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball tournament will return to Glens Falls in 2020.
The NYSPHSAA Executive Committee approved the move at its quarterly meeting on Friday afternoon, resurrecting what had been a mainstay of the boys’ high school basketball state championship scene for 36 years.
The committee voted 20-2 in favor of awarding the final four portion of the state championships to the Cool Insuring Arena for 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Glens Falls had hosted the state final four games continuously for 36 years before the NYSPHSAA Executive Committee voted 14-8 to move the event to Binghamton beginning in 2017. Before that vote, the State Basketball Committee had backed Glens Falls, and NYSPHSAA officials had backed Binghamton.
Bids for the state event were submitted by Cool Insuring Arena, the Times Union Center and Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, which will conclude its current three-year run of hosting the final four games in March.
The State Basketball Committee recommended in October that the tournament move back to Glens Falls.
The New York State Federation Tournament of Champions runs at Cool Insuring Arena through 2019.
Organizers of the Federation Tournament of Champions announced in December that the tournament will relocate to Fordham University in the Bronx next year. The tournament was held in Glens Falls from 1981 to 2010 and returned to Glens Falls in 2017 after a short run in Albany.
In other NYSPHSAA business, the Executive Committee voted to approve Hudson Valley Community College to host the 2020-2022 girls’ basketball state championships.