The Pacific Northwest’s premier horse racing venue will be a basketball hotbed this summer when Emerald Downs in Auburn introduces EmD 3-On-3, a two-day hoops extravaganza on 30 courts in the north parking lot.
The inaugural EmD 3-On-3 is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 10-11 and is expected to attract players from all over Washington — and possibly beyond. The event will be modeled after the extraordinarily successful Hoopfest in Spokane, which began with 2,000 players in 1990 and has grown to one of the city’s biggest events with nearly 28,000 players and 3,000 volunteers in 2012.
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“The Puget Sound region is one of the nation’s biggest hotbeds for basketball, with tremendous interest and participation in youth, high school and collegiate programs,” said Emerald Downs President Ron Crockett. “A 3-On-3 tournament is a natural, and we have a great venue that is centrally located for easy access.”
To be held on 30 side-by-side half-courts in the parking lot north of the grandstand, EmD 3-On-3 is open to teams and players of all ages and abilities. Cost per team is $120 with each team guaranteed at least three games.
For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact event coordinator Bob Fraser at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 288-7028. First-year sponsors will enjoy inaugural year pricing for the first five years of sponsorship renewal.
Established in 1996, Emerald Downs is a Thoroughbred racing facility and considered the gem of racing in the Pacific Northwest. The facility sees over 400,000 visitors a year, and according to Emerald Downs President Ron Crockett the track employs 240 people during non-racing season and 460 during live racing months. Thoroughbred racing in the State of Washington boast an economic impact of $253 million each year.
(Ed. Note: Information for this story was provided by Emerald Downs.)