Where should the South Dakota high school tournaments such as basketball, wrestling, and volleyball be played? That is an interesting question that was to be discussed today at the South Dakota High School Activities Association meeting.
South Dakota now rotates its basketball tournaments among seven cities in a schedule set through 2015. This weekend the boys Class A field is competing in the 51-year-old Sioux Falls Arena, Class AA in Rapid City and Class B in Aberdeen. Brookings, Spearfish, Huron and Watertown host the girls, as does Rapid City as the only city in the rotation for both boys and girls.
One idea is to consolidate the boys tournaments with classes A, AA and B at the same time in one building. Minnesota does that now by bringing 32 teams in four classes to the Twin Cities in a weeklong super-tournament each spring. Iowa does the same, also 32 teams in four classes, in a week of games in Des Moines.
I like the way we handle the tournaments now by holding different classes in various communities, but what do you think? Do you want all tournaments to be held in one location? I’m sure there are benefits for fans to be able to watch more games in one facility.