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Our view: Resch Center tourney deal a win for area

3:12 PM, Sep. 17, 2013  |  Comments
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Stability is - in the majority of cases - much better than its opposite.

That is why those in the Lakeshore area should welcome news that the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and PMI Entertainment Group have reached a long-term deal to keep the girls state basketball and volleyball tournaments at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon until 2020.

A steady - and smaller - home for the girls basketball tournament is particularly beneficial. In its first year at the Resch Center a year ago, the tournament drew nearly 40,000 spectators.

When the three-day event was held in the cavernous Kohl Center in Madison, the impression was one of emptiness rather than fun. That changed with the move to the Resch Center.

The atmosphere is much more electric and conducive to the best teams in the state in the more intimate confines of the Resch. State tournament volleyball players already know that, as they have been playing at the Resch since the facility opened in 2002.

The move to the Resch also is an obvious benefit to players, parents and fans of local girls teams. Four area teams were in the state basketball tournament last year, for example, which means plenty of area residents didn't need to make extra arrangements for the three-hour tour to Madison.

Don't get us wrong. The state Capitol is a wonderful place to visit and they do a great job of hosting the boys basketball tournament.

But for busy parents and others who live in the region, having the state tournament in the Green Bay area is a major economic benefit that can eliminate the need for overnight stays and other expenses.

On the other side of the coin, the economy in the Green Bay area is enhanced by those who come from outside the area to sleep in area hotels, eat in our restaurants and otherwise spend money during a time of the year when tourism needs a shot in the arm.

The Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau estimated the basketball tournament had a local economic impact of about $3 million last year, and another $1 million for the volleyball tournament.

We're happy the tournaments are remaining at the Resch Center. We hope many of our Lakeshore area teams can get there to make them even more of a happening.

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