OHSAA girls basketball state tournament moving to Dayton

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the girls basketball state tournament will be moving to the University of Dayton for the next three years.

“We are very excited to sign a three-year agreement for our member schools to experience UD Arena,” OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass said. “Southwest Ohio loves and supports basketball and the people at the University of Dayton have made it clear that they really want this state tournament on their campus. We believe that we have found a great home for the girls basketball state tournament.”

UD Arena has played host to many OHSAA basketball tournament games along with Atlantic 10 Conference and NCAA Tournament games.

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The arena, renovated in 2019, has a seating capacity of 13,000.

“We’re very proud that the OHSAA has entrusted us to host the girls basketball state tournament at the University of Dayton Arena for the next three years,” said Scott DeBolt, Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of Dayton and Executive Director of UD Arena. “The same ingredients that make UD Arena the ideal place for the NCAA First Four – community support and excitement for the game of basketball, our facilities, staff and tournament hosting experience – will help create lifelong memories for the young women who come to Dayton to play in the state tournament and their school communities.”

In 45 years, the girls basketball state tournament has been hosted by the Ohio State University 44 times. The University of Akron hosted in 1986.

The 2021 girls basketball state tournament is scheduled for March 11-13.

The 2021 boys basketball state tournament will be played at St. John Arena in Columbus on March 18-20.

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