SPOKANE, Wash. – There are some showers in the forecast heading into Hoopfest weekend, so Hoopfest executive director Matt Santangelo said he’s doing his “sun dance” this week.
Last year, rain fell hard on Saturday. But Hoopfest organizers learned from that and have backup plans and courts in place. Santangelo said the elite courts, in particular, are a complete no-go in the rain.
“Because once moisture hits those, it becomes an ice rink and really tough to play basketball,” Santangelo said. “It hurts a lot if you fall down on them.”
If thunderstorms accompany the rain, there is a plan that includes constant communication with the National Weather Service. If players’ safety is at risk, it will be Santangelo making the call to get everyone inside. Hoopfest has a site-wide sound system where organizers can let all participants know the situation.
Santangelo said if it’s just rain, though, the games will go on.
“Hey, it’s outdoor basketball,” he said. “So if it rains, you just keep playing.”