Hotel construction pushes Hoopfest players north

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 28 at 6:38 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Hoopfest organizers are used to adding more courts each year, but construction in Downtown Spokane complicated things this year.

Construction of a new hotel by the Convention Center eliminated several courts normally available each year, so organizers added more courts by the Spokane Arena, pushing some players even further north from the heart of Hoopfest.

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"This is basically its own three-on-three tournament. It's its own world up here," said Matt Santangelo, Hoopfest Executive Director.

But the guys on team ‘Best’-- that's ‘b’ for Brady, ‘e’ for Ethan, ‘s’ for Spencer, and ‘t’ for Taylor--said they liked their court Saturday morning.

"It was nice playing up on a good court and flat surface," said Ethan Wood.

The courts by the arena boast some of the better surfaces to play on in the tournament.

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And in-between games, players said they can still enjoy everything else about Hoopfest besides basketball.

"We'll be walking around anyway, it doesn't bother me," said  Brady Moore

Organizers said the area of the city is key to keeping Hoopfest going.

"If we want to grow, we're going to have to move north. That's just the way it's going to be," said Santangelo.
   
Hoopfest added about 60 courts in the parking lot next to the Spokane Arena. Those make up just a fraction of the almost 460 courts used across the city for Hoopfest 2014.

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