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State Basketball Tournaments To Be At Dayton

The 2021 girls and boys state basketball tournaments will be held at the University of Dayton Arena after the Ohio Department of Health and Public Health-Dayton and Montgomery County approved a variance to allow a greater number of fans at each game.

The girls state tournament will be held Thursday-Saturday, March 11-13.

The boys state tournament will be held Friday-Sunday, March 19-21.

For both tournaments, the semifinals will be at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., and the championship games will tip off at 10:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The divisional order of play this year is Division IV, III, II and I.

The specific number of fans permitted per game will be announced at a later date.

In May 2020, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the University of Dayton would host the girls state basketball tournaments in 2021, 2022 and 2023, but the COVID-19 pandemic put the location of the 2021 state tournament in question due to spectator limitations and costs associated with the tournament.

The 2021 boys state basketball tournament was scheduled to be held at St. John Arena at The Ohio State University, but that facility is not available due to the pandemic.