Shreveport-Bossier, LA (PRWEB) July 17, 2012
Shreveport-Bossier, Lake Charles and Hammond have been selected as the host cities for the 2013 Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) boys’ and girls’ regional basketball tournaments. In Shreveport-Bossier, the CenturyLink Center will be the host venue for the northern regional semi-finals set for March 1-2, 2013.
“Shreveport-Bossier is thrilled to be selected as a host for the 2013 northern regional semi-finals in partnership with LHSAA,” said Kelly Wells, vice president of tourism/sports marketing for the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission (SBSC). “Our area high schools have built some of the strongest programs in the country, and we are excited that they will get an opportunity to showcase their skills and talent in a world-class venue like CenturyLink Center.”
The regional tournaments will host between eight and 10 matches during the weekend and an estimated 12,000 attendees are expected to participate in the northern regional semi-finals.
LHSAA also awarded all girls’ and boys’ state golf championships to Shreveport-Bossier for the next two years. Those championships will be played at Shreveport Country Club and East Ridge Country Club in the spring of 2013. The two courses will host four championships for the boys and two for the girls. This is the first time in the history of the LHSAA that all the state golf championships will be played in the same city during the same week.
“We chose Shreveport-Bossier for the northern regional semi-finals in basketball, because the CenturyLink facility is one of the best in the state,” said LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson. “The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission really stepped up to help us because of scheduling conflicts with the original facilities and the NCAA basketball season. It is our hope that these two events will become the beginning of a great relationship between the two organizations and we look forward to being in Shreveport this spring.”
SBSC Chairman Billy Montgomery said, “This is a great opportunity for the community to support this event and specifically, we are looking for local business sponsors who want to partner with the sports commission and LHSAA to make this tournament experience a special one for the kids who will be playing.”
The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission is a division of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau in partnership with the City of Bossier City, City of Shreveport, Caddo Parish Commission, and the Bossier Parish Police Jury. The Commission works to bring government, business, and hospitality partners together. This strong team is able to provide the enthusiasm, support and resources necessary for hosting successful sporting events.