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SIAC Conference basketball tournaments move to Albany

April 17, 2003

Albany -- Hundreds of visitors will likely visit Albany next year for the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's men's and women's college basketball tournaments.

S.I.A.C. Commissioner Dr. William Lide signed a one year contract to play the tournaments at the Albany Civic Center. The 11 team conference includes Albany State University. The 2004 tournaments will be played March 3-6. The tournaments have been played in Birmingham in recent years, but Lide says Albany offers more.

Dr. Lide said "We wanted a community where we could be youth oriented, family oriented, could have a quality organized event, and good facilities."

Albany City Manager Janice Jackson said "There's a possibility of a lot of people coming to Albany for a significant economic impact. But also the importance of having our city marketed throughout the Southeastern United States."

Albany will spend 37 thousand dollars to host the tournaments. The S.I.A.C. will also receive at least 11 thousand dollars in ticket sales.

posted at 4:36 by jimw@walb.com