SPRINGFIELD — The The Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Assoc. (MIAA) announced that, starting this winter season, state basketball final games will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. Games will also be played at the MassMutual Center and Springfield College’s Blake Arena.
“Hosting the MIAA state basketball championships where the game was founded will be an exciting culmination to the Massachusetts’ boys and girls high-school basketball season,” said John Doleva, president and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “Along with the Western Mass Sports Commission, the MassMutual Center, and Springfield College, we look forward to hosting all the student-athletes for a memorable couple of days of championship basketball at the Basketball Hall of Fame.”
The Western MA Sports Commission has been working closely with the Basketball Hall of Fame to bring this marquee event to Springfield. Tom Burke of the Western MA Sports Commission noted that, “as a local high-school coach, I am extremely excited for what is planned for the student-athletes on championship weekend at the birthplace of basketball. This will be a fitting culmination to the high-school basketball season around the state, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of fans to the city of Springfield.”