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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 1999
Girls Basketball Finals To Stay
At CMU For Next Three Years
Contact: John Johnson or Mike Clifford 517.332.5046
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Jan. 21 - The Representative
Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association has
overwhelmingly voted to keep Rose Arena on the campus of Central
Michigan University the home of the organization's Girls Basketball
Semifinals and Finals for the 1999, 2000 and 2001 tournaments.
The 5,200-season mid-Michigan facility has played host to the
event for the past two seasons, setting records in 1997 for highest
final day (9,963), final session (5,693), semifinal (11,030)
and overall attendance (20,993). The 1998 finals ran a close
second in all categories, drawing 9,402 on the final day, 5,256
for a finals single session, 9,691 for the semifinals and 19,093
for a three-day total. In addition, advance and group ticket
sales for the event hit all-time highs.
Keeping the event in Mt. Pleasant had widespread support, including
that of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
"Central Michigan University has done an excellent job
in running the Girls Basketball Finals, and has played a major
role in promoting the event so that we have enjoyed our largest
attendance ever the past two seasons," said John E. "Jack"
Roberts, executive director of the MHSAA. "The tournament
atmosphere at Rose Arena is excellent, and the Council saw fit
to build on recent success by scheduling the finals there for
the next three years.
"Rose Arena is the right sized venue, even with our growing
crowds, at this time; and its location on a major Division I
college campus is also considered a plus by our members,"
Roberts continued. "We project that the tournament will
continue to grow at CMU during the next three years."
The Council discussed venues for the event at its annual Fall
meeting in December, and selected Rose Arena in a mail ballot
conducted earlier this month. Also under consideration were
the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing; Cobo Arena
in Detroit; and VanAndel Arena in Grand Rapids.
The Representative Council is the 19-member legislative body
of the MHSAA. All but five members are elected by member schools.
Four members are appointed by the Council to facilitate representation
of females and minorities; and the 19th position is available
to the Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary
membership by over 1,300 public and private senior high schools
and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common
rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government
funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such
association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament
entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these
rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments conducted
in 12 sports for girls and 12 sports for boys which attract approximately
1.3 million spectators each year.