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J. Thomas McNamara

   The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Boys State Basketball Tournament returns to the State Farm Center in Champaign this March 10–12, 2022.    Tickets for 1A/2A and 3A/4A sessions are now on sale at or by calling 1-866-ILLINI-1 (866-455-4641).

All 100-level reserved seats for the sessions are $62 and 200-level reserved seats are $40 with ticket fees applied. Single session passes will go on sale at a later date. Get IHSA State Final tickets here.

“We are thrilled to finally welcome the IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament back to its long-time home at the University of Illinois,” exclaims Jayne DeLuce, President & CEO of Visit Champaign County. “As we move beyond the pandemic, our community and the State Farm Center will provide a safe and exciting atmosphere for athletes and fans.

  “We’re ready to start a new tradition of welcoming teams, families, fans, officials, and media for the experience of a lifetime.”

Fans can expect a variety of amenities within the State Farm Center through state-of-the-art technology to create an atmosphere worthy of a championship. The tournament also provides fans with opportunities to engage further in the history of IHSA Basketball through a unique exhibit, to immerse themselves in the latest technology with the TechHub and the University of Illinois eSports Club, to enjoy interactive play through activity areas hosted by and to provide students and families the opportunity to take part in an academic fair to not only learn about possibilities with the University of Illinois, but also colleges across the country.

Fans looking to book hotel rooms or find community information should visit, the hub for all IHSA sports hosted in Champaign County.

Visit Champaign County is also seeking volunteers to assist in various ways throughout the tournament. Community members interested in volunteering should contact Mike Koon, Director of Sports, Events, and Film or 217-351-4133.

   I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

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