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State B Basketball brings millions to Spokane's economy

This year's event is expected to draw in 3,000 visitors and generate $4.2M for the local economy.

SPOKANE, Wash. — The State B Basketball Tournament returned to Spokane Arena on Wednesday for the first time since last year's cancellation.

The March 2020 tournament was one of the final big events in Spokane before the state enacted COVID restrictions. The tournament was canceled in 2021.

This year's event drew in 3,000 visitors and generated $4.2M for the local economy.

"This is a wonderful place to have this tournament and I mean, it's just really fun," said Monica Droog, whose daughter plays for Mt. Vernon Christian School. Her husband also coaches the team. "We hope we are playing in the championship on Saturday." 

960 young athletes traveled from around the state. For some, it's their first time playing on such a big stage. 

"It's really nerve wracking and it's really loud so you can't really hear what your coaches are saying," Lena McCloskey said. "So you have to step in kind of and call out your plays."

For fans going to the games, masks will be required for all guests age 5 and older per the state mask mandate. Tickets are available as a single-day pass, 3-day pass, or 4-day pass.

Here is the ticket information from TicketsWest:

4 Day Tournament Pass (Thursday - Saturday)

  • Adult - $50.00 / Student, Senior and Military - $39.00

3 Day Tournament Pass (Thursday - Saturday) - This pass can only be purchased on Thursday from 6:00am until 11:00pm

  • Adult - $38.00 / Student, Senior, and Military - $30.00

Single Day - Thursday and Friday

  • Adult - $15.00 / Student, Senior, and Military - $12.00

Single Day - Saturday

  • Adult - $16.00 / Student, Senior, and Military - $13.00

Discount Information

  • Student: Children 5-11; 12 and over with valid ASB card
  • Military: Active duty and retired with proper Military ID (does not include family members)
  • Senior: Ages 62 and over
  • Children under the age of 5 are admitted free

Click here for the complete WIAA schedule.

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