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Letter: Lanierland basketball tournament venue needs to change
East Hall's Aaron Thomas attempts to shoot the ball while surrounded by Gainesville players on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 at West Hall High School during the Lanierland finals. - photo by Austin Steele

It’s time for a change! The Lanierland Tournament is in its 59th year, and a few weeks ago I attended for the 38th consecutive year.

I witnessed moms and smaller siblings crying because it was so crowded that they were not allowed to enter the gym at West Hall High School to see their sons and brothers play in a game between the East Hall and North Hall boys.

The next night was even worse when the Gainesville boys were playing East Hall with over 200 people sitting in the cafeteria hoping that the fire marshal would be able to admit them.

It’s time for a change! The largest Hall County venues are Cherokee Bluff and Gainesville high schools. When the tournament started 59 years ago, it was held at what was then Gainesville College, now the University of North Georgia.

People do not like change, but sometimes change is for the better.

If Hall County doesn’t want it to be held at Cherokee Bluff or Gainesville High, then move it to a venue like the University of North Georgia while their students are out for Christmas break.

There would be plenty of seating and parking for everyone, and it would provide a great experience for the players.

Wayne Vickery


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