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The Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center at Black Hills State University has been selected as the location for the Girls State A Basketball Tournament in 2012. When BHSU hosted the state tournament in 2007 thousands of fans visited the area.
The Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center at Black Hills State University has been selected as the location for the Girls State A Basketball Tournament in 2012. 

“We are honored to be selected once again to host this state high school basketball tournament,” President Kay Schallenkamp says. “We look forward to working with the South Dakota High School Activities Association to make this a successful event.” 

BHSU hosted their first state basketball tournament in 2007 with the Spearfish School District named as the host school. Karen Hahn, Spearfish High School activities director, worked with staff members at BHSU, the Spearfish Chamber, Convention and Visitors Bureau, the hotel business improvement district, Spearfish businesses and many volunteers to create a successful event. The three-day state tournament brought thousands of visitors to Spearfish.  

“We have an enthusiastic, supportive community and that is what it takes to successfully host an event of this magnitude,” Teri Royer, event director at the Young Center, says. “We host a variety of state and regional athletic events, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, and wrestling tournaments, state swim meets, track meets, and Special Olympics as well as BHSU events including commencement, entertainment and athletics. Our staff is experienced and excited to plan each and every event.” 

Royer says the Young Center was chosen because it’s an excellent venue for tournaments and other events. The Young Center provides an 18,000-square foot gymnasium with 3,800 seating capacity, a 54,000-square foot field house with six basketball hoops for practice time, exclusive use of locker rooms, an athletic fitness room for team use, hospitality and meeting rooms, concessions, convenient parking with approximately 450 spaces adjacent to the Young Center, 300 spaces next to Lyle Hare Stadium and approximately 1,000 additional spaces on campus. 

 A recent economic impact study conducted by BHSU professors found that the Young Center had an economic impact of nearly $3 million on the city of Spearfish in 2007. The State A Girls Basketball Tournament was one of the events that generated the most spending in Spearfish (an estimated $280,261). The study found that the total economic impact of the Young Center was estimated to be $2,933,648 in business revenues. This total impact includes 40 new jobs, $926,087 in personal income, and $221,241 in local and state tax and fee revenues (including local option sales tax on spending, hotel/motel tax, and fees for activities within the area).