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State championship venues may get one-year extension

State championship venues may get one-year extension

NYSPHSAA will vote Wednesday on winter, spring sites
State championship venues may get one-year extension
Ayanna Jackson of Bishop Gibbons goes for a rebound in a 2019 state semifinal game at HVCC.
Photographer: Erica Miller

State championship basketball venues Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls and Hudson Valley Community College in Troy are expected to be granted an additional year to host those events after cancellations left them empty in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A number of spring sport championship venues that were slated to host competitions in June are likewise expected to be granted an additional year to do so when the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Executive Committee votes on the matter at its quarterly meeting Wednesday.

State championship host sites are awarded by the NYSPHSAA following a bid process, and hosting duties usually run for a three-year term. Cool Insuring Arena and HVCC were to begin their three-year terms of hosting the boys' and girls' state semifinals and title games, respectively, from 2020-22 in March. If they receive a positive vote Wednesday, that term will be extended to March of 2023.

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The NYSPHSAA staff backed the extension proposals for both the winter and spring sport championship locations.

"At this point, unless something unforeseen comes up, it's a rubber stamp," NYSPHSAA director of communications Chris Watson said.

Cool Insuring Arena (formerly the Glens Falls Civic Center) had hosted the boys' state championships for 36 consecutive years before Binghamton hosted from 2017-19. Cool Insuring Arena won out in the bidding for the event's 2020-22 run.

"Glens Falls did a wonderful job bidding for it and received the vote," NYSPHSAA executive director Robert Zayas said. "We felt it was important to fulfill the three-year agreement."

The NYSPHSAA Executive Committee will also vote Wednesday to extend the bid terms for spring championship hosts Cicero-North Syracuse High School (outdoor track to 2024), Mark Twain Golf Course (boys' golf to 2023), SUNY Cortland (girls' lacrosse to 2023), Hofstra University (boys' lacrosse to 2023), Moriches Athletic Complex (softball to 2023) and the Binghamton area (baseball to 2022).

In response to regional competitions that were canceled, the NYSPHSAA staff is also backing a proposal to advance all 2020 regional rotations to the winter 2021 and spring 2021 seasons for boys' and girls' basketball, baseball, softball, boys' lacrosse and girls' lacrosse.

Reach Jim Schiltz at [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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