2017 Tennessee AAU Girls Basketball State Tournament
The Chattanooga Convention Center will be the site of the 2017 Tennessee AAU Girls Basketball State Tournament. This event will take place over two consecutive weekends. Participants in the 3rd-7th grade will compete May 12-14, and 8th-11th grade participants will compete May 19-21.
This tournament is unique because it will be the first time that basketball courts will be used inside the Chattanooga Convention Center.
“We are very excited to be hosting an event of this magnitude,” said Lisa Hyman, sales manager at the Chattanooga Convention Center. “They will be installing 10 basketball courts in our exhibit halls and have that many basketball games going on simultaneously. This is a tremendous opportunity for the Chattanooga Convention Center and the city itself. We are looking forward to hosting many more AAU events in the future.”
The tournament, which was previously held in Gatlinburg, will bring in an estimated economic impact of $775,000. Roughly 90 teams are expected to battle it out during the first weekend while 55 teams will take the helm during the second weekend.
These factors combined place Chattanooga in a strong position for any future hosting opportunities in the AAU national basketball championship world.
“We really want this tournament to showcase our beautiful city and convention center to AAU leadership. Seeing our layout, hospitality and partnership on the AAU state level will further enhance our position to place a bid on the national championship in the future,” said Brant Donlon, Sports Account Manager at the Chattanooga Sports Committee.
Since 1948, the Amateur Athletic Union has been one of the most respected and oldest youth amateur organizations in the United States. With 34 sports, 700,000 participants and over 150,000 volunteers, AAU continues to uphold its motto of “Sports for All, Forever.”