SPOKANE, Wash.—The nation’s largest three-on-three basketball tournament had a bit of a slow start on Saturday. Stormy weather and overnight rain on Friday had organizers setting up the courts in Downtown Spokane in the wee hours of the morning Saturday.
Everyone was on alert for the rain on Saturday but Downtown Spokane made it into the evening with nothing but sunshine and clouds. It was a close call for volunteers putting down the tape for the courts.
"It's going to happen, tape or no tape, chalk or no chalk,” said Hoopfest Executive Director Matt Santangelo.
The forecast had called for a chance of rain during some of the games on Saturday. Rain on Friday kept the courts from getting taped up until Saturday.
"We started about 4:45 this morning under blue skies,” said Santangelo.
The weather was a team player and volunteers worked overtime to get the job done.
"Hoopfest, the magic of Hoopfest, it all came together,” said Santangelo.
The volunteers used eight miles of tape total for all of the Hoopfest courts.