Girls basketball practice begins November 10 and boys basketball practice starts November 17. We’re still two months away from hitting the hardwood again, but in the meantime, we know the most dedicated athletes are out there finding their own ways to mentally and physically prepare for the 2014-2015 season. That leads us to our Basketball Night web poll question of the week…
Voting ends Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Comments are welcome below.
The Civic Center before a 2014 state tournament game.
Basketball fans from across the state flock to Charleston every year for the boys and girls state basketball tournaments in mid-March. The 13,000 seat Charleston Civic Center coliseum fosters a college basketball-like atmosphere during the championship games, and no doubt, players vie to play on the same court that plays host to the Capital Classic games between West Virginia and Marshall universities every year.
Charleston has a long history of hosting the state’s showcase high school basketball event. According to the West Virginia Encyclopedia, Charleston has been the home of the high school basketball tournament since 1972 – though the tournament was hosted in Morgantown from 1979-1980 while the Civic Center was under construction.
The WVSSAC’s contract with the Charleston Civic Center runs up at the end of the 2014-2015 season. WVSSAC will soon have to vote to keep the tournament at the Civic Center, or perhaps take it somewhere else.
Members of the media loathe the Civic Center’s WiFi, which fails year after year under the load of thousands of fans’ phones, causing somewhat of a media blackout during the tournament sometimes. But we want to hear from the fans, players and coaches:
The WVSSAC's contract with the Charleston Civic Center expires in 2015. Where should the basketball state tourney be held after this season?
Charleston Civic Center (57%, 13 Votes)
WVU Coliseum (Morgantown) (30%, 7 Votes)
Cam Henderson Center (Huntington) (9%, 2 Votes)
Other (Tweet it at us! @Hoops_Roundup) (4%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 23
Voting ends Friday, Sept. 12 at 11:59 p.m. Comments are welcome below.
Check it out! BasketballNight.com just got a huge overhaul in preparation for our second year on-the-air.
We hope to make our new website a must-visit page for the latest on West Virginia high school basketball. Of course, you can get the most in-depth coverage of high school hoops in West Virginia on-the-air with us Fridays from 9pm-midnight starting December 5, 2014. But we’ll be posting the latest scores, select segments / interviews, full show podcasts and thoughts and ramblings from the crew onto this website and to our Twitter feed.
Look around our website and familiarize yourself with where everything is located now. And don’t forget to vote in our latest web poll to tell us what you think!
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