Arena holds NYSPHSAA tournament welcome ceremony

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Beginning Friday morning, the Floyd L. Maines Arena will be the site of the 2019 New York State boy’s basketball championships.

Throughout the weekend, 20 teams will compete for state titles in five different classes.

Prior to the competition, the arena hosted a gathering Thursday afternoon to kick things off.

Inside the Arena Club, members of Section IV, the NYSPHSAA, and even local government officials got together as part of a welcome ceremony for the upcoming games.

This is the third-straight year that the tournament has been held at the arena, with the championships moving to Glens Falls next year.

After addressing the attendees, the Executive Director of the NYSPHSAA, Dr. Bob Zayas spoke about the job Binghamton has done in their three years as the tournament’s host city.

“This is not an easy tournament to host, just because of all the logistics that are involved. Binghamton has done an incredible job of hosting a first class state championship, the best 20 basketball teams within New York state,” he said.

Day one on Friday tips off at 9:30 am and the tournament concludes Sunday afternoon with the Class D championship beginning at 2:00 pm.

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