"The state tournament, for years, has been the centerpiece for the basketball teams - for boys in particular. A lot of folks plan their vacation around this time of year," said Gary Ray, the executive director of West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. "It's beneficial for students and important for fans. It's definitely an exciting time for our school and communities."
This year's tournament looks to bring more than 68,000 people to Charleston, according to a release. To commemorate the centennial tournament, a public banquet will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Charleston Civic Center where patrons will have the chance to hear players' and coaches' memories over the years.
Individual tickets are $35 and are available at the Civic Center Box office or online at www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com/wvssac/wvssac.html.
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If you go
What: WVSSAC 100 Years of Celebrating Boys' State High School Basketball Tournament Banquet
Where: Civic Center Grand Hall
When: Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $35 for individual tickets, $400 for a reserved premium table of 10
Info: Tickets available at the Civic Center Box office or online at www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com/wvssac/wvssac.html