Class 1A D-II state tourney being moved

By Steve Sell
February 04, 2015

TOPEKA — The Class 1A Division II State Basketball Tournament next month is being moved to a different location.

Because of a potential conflict for Fort Hays State, the tournament is being moved from Hays to Dodge City for the four-day event March 11-14.

By mutual agreement of FHSU and the KSHSAA, the state tournament will be hosted at the United Wireless Arena. 

 “Whether or not Fort Hays State succeeds in winning the right to host an NCAA regional, the state tournament will remain in Dodge City this year,” KSHSAA Executive Director Gary Musselman said. “The logistics and lead time in staging a successful state tournament necessitate a decision, which is in the best interest of Fort Hays State University and the member schools of the KSHSAA, be made now. Better to relocate our tournament than move to a secondary site gym for the semifinals and finals of our state tournament on Friday and Saturday.”

The 3,600-seat capacity United Wireless Arena is home to the Dodge City Law arena football team and recently hosted the 72nd annual Dodge City Tournament of Champions. United Wireless Arena also hosts the SPAA-Iroquois League basketball tournament.