Mizzou Arena likely to host MSHSAA basketball finals

Thursday, December 2, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:42 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Missouri State High School Activities Association wants to bring championships to Mizzou Arena.

The MSHSAA is expected to announce the boys’ and girls’ state high school basketball tournaments will switch venues from Hearnes Center to Mizzou Arena.

A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. today in the Media Interview Room at Mizzou Arena to announce the move, Rick Kindhart, the MSHSAA communications director, said Wednesday.

The MSHSAA was set to use the Hearnes Center for all 10 boys’ and girls’ high school basketball tournaments through 2006.

Kindhart said if the tournament site is changed to Mizzou Arena the boys’ and girls’ Class 4 and 5 tournaments would occur on March 11-12 and the boys’ and girls’ Class 3, 2 and 1 tournaments would take place on March 17-19. Forty games would be played during the two weekends.

“When there is a multimillion dollar arena, the question of how to make the tournaments better becomes popular,” Kindhart said.

The tournaments have been held at the Hearnes Center since 1992. The current contract between the MSHSAA and MU is a four-year deal that began in 2002.

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