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Adams Center gears up for weekend State B basketball tournament

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MISSOULA - The Griz have no more home games to play at the Adams Center this season, but this weekend the arena will open its doors to the high school State B boys basketball tournament.

So what changes are made to the arena to make this possible?

“Not a lot of variation since there both basketball the big variation is that it's high school, so they have a few rules that are different," said Adams Center Assistant Director of Operations Brandon Kress. "High school 3-point line is shorter than the college 3-point line, so we have to paint that on.”

Even the staff that runs the court tends to stay the same.

“All MHSA brings over is a tournament manager, so we provide everyone else for the scorers table," Kress said. "So that includes the stats people, PA announcer, score operator, score book, clock operator. All those guys.”

You can also see some of the same faces taking tickets and running concessions as at a normal Griz game.

“It is the same staffing what we do is we kind of fill in our folks and then we go over to athletics and were obviously incorporating students as well with the UMEM program trying to go over there and see if they want to gain any experience with that.”

The only thing that really changes for the tournament is parking, which is always an issue on campus.

“Parking logistics, definitely big. Especially for this, because it happens, it falls during a school day so its a lot of coordination with us and the UM Police Department who oversees parking," Kress said. "We get a parking plan in place when the bid goes in and then we just try to get the word out to students the best we can."

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