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The Proviso West Holiday Tournament, already regarded as the
state's premier basketball event during the Christmas season, is going to get
bigger than ever.
For those craving more holiday season basketball, Proviso West
will be the destination starting in 2012.
The 52nd Annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament will become the nation’s largest single event played under one roof as the annual Christmas Classic will expand from 16 to 32 teams this December.
Under the new format, the tournament will be expanded from four
to six days with games being played on the main court in the 3,000-seat
gymnasium and on a state-of-the-art portable floor in the adjacent fieldhouse.
The tournament will begin on Saturday, December 22 with the first half of the opening round, and continue with the second half of first round games on Wednesday, December 26. The tournament continues with 40 games over three days on Thursday, December 27; Friday, December 28 and Saturday, December 29. The six-day event concludes with five trophy games on the late morning and early afternoon of Monday, December 31 – which will be the only games in town on that date.
Thirteen teams will be making their Proviso West Holiday Tournament debut, including the first ever team from outside Illinois – as Crespi High School from Encino, California will travel across the country to join the blockbuster field.
The tournament field features teams representing 20 different conferences with a perfect mix of different geographic areas and diverse styles of play. “It’s about a close as you can get to a mini NCAA Tournament”, said Tournament Director Joe Spagnolo. “There are 13 schools that have been here ten or more years, and some emerging programs that are on the rise, that are looking forward to the opportunity to make history.”
"We're going for greatness," said Spagnolo, who has been
affiliated with the tournament since 1981. "We've been working on it for a long
time. It will give more teams an opportunity to play here. I got tired of saying
'no' to new teams that wanted to play here."
"Our mission has always been to promote high school basketball," Spagnolo said. "Our motto is: 'Proviso West is where basketball is best.' We want everyone to enjoy what we have, from paying customers to referees to participants. We think it is a special event and we want more people to get involved in it."
The new format will call for games to be played simultaneously on three days of the tournament with two games under one roof for a single admission price. Single sessions will remain at their current pricing but on days where there are games in both facilities that ticket will allow admission to all games on both courts in that session.
"If you're quick on your feet, you'll be able to see the end of
all 61 games in the tournament," Spagnolo said.
The Proviso West Holiday Tournament was founded in 1961 by then athletic director Walt Sawosko, who wanted to start a local tournament so Chicago area schools could be at home during the holidays and wouldn't have to travel. It was expanded from eight to 16 teams after the first year.