BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
Mississippi Coast Coliseum officials do their best to keep the local sports arena in tip-top shape.
When the state high school football games were moved away from Jackson to the Starkville this past season and Oxford next season... the Coliseum decided to contact Mississippi High School Activities Association director Don Hinton to gage their interest in moving the state basketball tournament out of Jackson and to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Assistant Executive Director of the Coliseum, Matt McDonnell said, "If it comes down to the ability to host the event there's no question we know how to do it. Our facilities are in great shape. The area would welcome the event."
Gulfport High School athletic director Bryan Caldwell agrees. The former Admirals head basketball coach guided Gulfport to the 2002 State Championship.
"I think if that happens the coast would be a natural, "stated Caldwell. "Coast Coliseum is a great facility, second to none and would be a tremendous host and I really think it's in the realm of possibility."
The Gulfport Admirals are the defending 6A State Champions and head coach Owen Miller would love to see the Mississippi Coast Coliseum host the state basketball tournament.
Miller said, "It would be a great opportunity for the Mississippi Gulf Coast to showcase all the great things we have going on down here. Our venue down here is so much better than the venue in Jackson and to be frank, the venue in Jackson is so far behind. The dressing rooms aren't up to date. It's not fair honestly for our kids to have to play a state championship in that venue. The Mississippi Coast Coliseum is one of the premier venues in the state."
Matt McDonald says the coast could host the tournament in rotating fashion with other cities across the state.