The state girls basketball tournament will be moving to the University of Dayton Arena beginning in 2021, the OHSAA announced May 12.

The arena, which has a seating capacity of 13,000 and has played host to OHSAA basketball tournament games as well as Atlantic 10 Conference and NCAA tournament games, will hold the state girls tournament for the next three years.

“We’re very excited to sign a three-year agreement for our member schools to experience UD Arena,” OHSAA executive director Jerry Snodgrass said. “Southwest Ohio loves and supports basketball and the people at the University of Dayton have made it clear that they really want this state tournament on their campus. We believe that we have found a great home for the girls basketball state tournament.”

In the 45 years of the state girls tournament, the event has been held at Ohio State every year except for 1986, when it was held at the University of Akron.

The 2021 state tournament is scheduled for March 11-13.

The 2021 state boys basketball tournament is set for March 18-20 at Ohio State’s St. John Arena, but there isn’t currently a host site for that tournament in 2022.

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