Hutchinson CC Sports Information
The Kansas State High School Activities Association announced on Friday that the Hutchinson Sports Arena will be the site of the 2018 Class 3A/Class 4A state high school volleyball tournaments.
Hutchinson Community College will serve as host for the event, scheduled for October 26 and 27, 2018.
"The 2018-2019 school year will see a change in our school classification system which will result in a decrease in the number of tournaments for this state event. With this change we have explored some of the new venues and upgrades made to other facilities across the state as options for this tournament series," said Cheryl Gleason, KSHSAA Assistant Executive Director & Volleyball Administrator. "We are excited about the opportunity to conduct a state volleyball event at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson and the other adjustments made to our tournament locations."
Hutchinson and the KSHSAA have a long history together. Hutchinson has been a host site for the state basketball tournament for 75 years and Gowans Stadium has been the site of state football championships since 2006.
The newly-renovated Sports Arena has already become a popular championship event venue.
The Sports Arena has been home to the NJCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament since it was built in 1952. Now the Sports Arena is the home of the NJCAA Women's Division I Volleyball Tournament as well as the KCAC mid-season and postseason volleyball tournaments.
"Hutchinson Community College is excited to play host the 2018 KSHSAA Class 3A & 4A State Volleyball Tournaments. Our experience in hosting 3A football and 3A basketball will benefit us greatly as we prepare to host 16 of the state's best 3A and 4A volleyball teams," Hutchinson Community College Director of Athletics Josh Gooch said. "The City of Hutchinson has made a commitment with the renovation of the Hutchinson Sports Arena to bring quality championship-caliber events to our community. The relationship between the KSHSAA, Hutchinson Community College and the City of Hutchinson continues to grow with the addition of this great event."
In addition to the 3A and 4A being played at the Sports Arena, KSHSAA announced the other state sites for 2018 as well. Classes 6A and 5A will be played in Salina at the Tony's Pizza Events Center, Class 2A will be at Fort Hays State's Gross Memorial Coliseum and Class 1A will be at White Auditorium in Emporia.