NSAA votes to keep basketball state tournaments in Lincoln for 2021

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 10:09 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2021 at 10:23 AM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The boys and girls high school state basketball tournaments will stay in Lincoln in 2021, after a vote on Thursday that moved the tournaments to a 5-day format.

The NSAA Board of Directors voted 8-0 on Thursday morning to keep the 2021 NSAA Girls & Boys State Basketball Championships in Lincoln.

The vote also adopted a new 5-day format to spread out the number of games played at a given location to help with COVID-19 precautions.

The games will also only be played this year at Lincoln Public School sites and Pinnacle Bank Arena, not the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The NSAA said more information will be released in the coming weeks.

“The pandemic continues to provide our community and others across the country with extremely difficult challenges when it comes to scheduling events. In working with our local partners, including the NSAA, City of Lincoln, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, Lincoln Public Schools, Pinnacle Bank Arena and the University of Nebraska, we have always remained committed to the task of putting on the very best event for the players, families and community at-large,” said Jeff Maul, executive director-vice president of the Lincoln CVB. “We thank all of our partners for their ongoing collaboration, conversation and commitment to keeping the tournaments entirely in Lincoln. We are confident the adjustment to a five-day schedule for each tournament is the best course of action and we applaud this decision by the NSAA.” “Our mission remains the same as it has in previous years—we will continue to give athletes and fans the best experience possible. The success in hosting previous state championships shows that Lincoln is a community that places a high priority on producing the best events possible and providing a memorable experience.”

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