COLUMBUS — The University of Dayton and the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced on Monday that the OHSAA girls and boys basketball state tournaments will be hosted at UD Arena for the next three years.
UD Arena had already been announced as the home of the OHSAA girls basketball state tournament for 2021, 2022 and 2023, but the new agreement for the girls and boys basketball state tournaments in 2022, 2023 and 2024 replaces that previous contract.
UD Arena served as host for the girls and boys basketball state tournaments in March.
“We are very excited that our student-athletes will get to play at UD Arena,” OHSAA executive director Doug Ute said. “Even with the pandemic limiting what all could take place at the state tournaments last March, our schools still had a great experience at UD Arena, and UD made it very clear that they wanted to host both the girls and boys state tournaments moving forward. We know that the support for basketball in Southwest Ohio is very strong and UD wants to be the home of the state tournaments.”
UD Arena staff know something about basketball tournament, as the facility has served as home for 125 NCAA Division I regional tournament games, more than any other facility in the country.
“We are very excited to host the state tournaments at UD Arena,” Dayton senior athletic director Scott DeBolt said. “In addition to our love of the Dayton Flyers, we are so proud to host many great events here, including the NCAA First Four, and we are pleased and grateful to welcome the OHSAA girls and boys basketball state tournaments to UD Arena. Our community will support the state tournaments just like our other events and this will be a special place for the teams, schools and communities that reach the state tournaments.”
UD Arena seats 13,000 and has played host to OHSAA basketball district and regional tournament games, as well as Atlantic 10 Conference tournament contests.
Prior to its move to UD Arena in March, the OHSAA girls basketball state tournament had been hosted by The Ohio State University every year since began in 1976, except in 1986 when it was hosted by the University of Akron. The OHSAA boys basketball state tournament had been hosted by OSU every year since 1957, except for 1986 and 1987 when it was played at UD Arena.
The 2021 OHSAA boys basketball state tournament was scheduled to be hosted at OSU’s St. John Arena, but the facility was unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The OHSAA did not have a contract in place with OSU for the boys basketball state tournament beyond the 2021 agreement that was voided.