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Glens Falls…or the Dome?

State boys basketball tourney could move to Syracuse

All of these things cover up, to some degree, the drawbacks, such as the amount of travel teams from Western New York and Long Island have to make, which does affect attendance - less than 23,000 per year in the last decade. Finding nearby lodging, or parking, near the Civic Center, can be a task, too.

Here is where Syracuse bases its argument. Finding hotel rooms would not be a problem, for sure, and at least from the Upstate perspective, it’s only a few hour’s drive, whether it’s from Albany or Buffalo. Even the Downstate schools would not have to go too far.

Don’t forget about the prestige part, either. Football players in New York already have the allure of the Dome as a final destination, and there’s no doubt basketball players (and fans) would feel the same electricity of a championship weekend in this grand venue.

Even the tradition argument cuts two ways. Sure, everyone who’s gone to Glens Falls loves the experience, but the excitement of a new home would give the tournament a real jolt of attention that the NYSPHSAA might find difficult to ignore.

Where Syracuse suffers, at least at the outset, is in the organization and media considerations. On the former, there would be a need to be a real commitment from local officials, preferably on the same volunteer basis that has worked so well in Glens Falls, plus a willingness to foot some of the ancillary expenses. SU will, of course, need to be on board in various manners.

On the latter, there’s no way a city as large as Syracuse can make the state final four a rallying point as Glens Falls does. Casual sports fans in this area are directing their attention to SU basketball in March, and most media outlets will follow that train, leaving the high school kids behind.

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