SPOKANE, Wash.-- Officials with Hoopfest said rain could throw a big wrench into the preparations for the thousands of players. Hoopfest organizers said they were watching the forecast closely on Friday night.
“The tape won't stick if the streets are damp even a little bit,” said Hoopfest co-founder Rick Betts.
You find miles of yellow tape marking the courts on Spokane streets during Hoopfest. Volunteers are asked to put up the tape for the thousands of teams. The rain could be a damper for anyone trying to get that court tape to stick.
“I would say we have a lot of plans. Worst case scenario is it rains tonight, tomorrow morning and we play without any tape,” said Betts.
The tournament could technically start out without any boundaries if the tape does not stick and the chalk washes away.
Officials said the elite courts are a no-go in the rain. There is a back-up plan in that case. Thunderstorms would put a hold on everyone’s playtime for safety reasons.
The most rain ever recorded on a Hoopfest day was .37 inches. Spokane had gotten that much of rain in 24-hours between Thursday and Friday.