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MHSAA shuffles venues for select winter finals/semifinals, allowing for more fans to attend

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, March 11, 2021, 1:38 pm

The most recent adjustment to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ pandemic orders, allowing more fans to attend sporting events, has had a ripple effect — and mostly in a good way. 

As a result of those March 5 changes by MDHHS, the Michigan High School Athletic Association on Thursday announced a few modifications to its finals venue slate, in order to accommodate more fans, moving competitive cheer finals, two divisions of individual wrestling finals, and two divisions of the boys and girls basketball semis to alternate sites. 

Both the Breslin Center at Michigan State and Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, which have capacities of 10,000 or more, allowing 750 spectators by MDHHS guidelines, have picked up additional events. 

Competitive cheer finals will move to Breslin Center on Friday-Saturday, March 26-27.

The Division 2 and 4 semifinals for girls basketball (April 7) and boys basketball (April 8) will move from Breslin Center to Van Andel. The finals for both girls basketball (April 9) and boys basketball (April 10) will still be at Breslin. 

Individual wrestling finals, originally set in their entirety for Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, will have Division 2 (April 2) and Division 4 (April 3) moved to Van Andel Arena. In the original plan, wrestlers would’ve been limited to one spectator per participant. The change allows for multiple spectators each.

Below are the new winter finals schedules, as released by the MHSAA:

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Girls Basketball

Where: Division 1 and 3 Semifinals at Breslin Center in East Lansing. Division 2 and 4 Semifinals at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. All four Finals will be played at Breslin Center.

When: Semifinals are April 7, with Divisions 3 and 4 beginning at 10 a.m. at their respective sites followed by Divisions 1 and 2 at 3:30 p.m. Finals on April 9 will be played at 10 a.m. (D4), 12:30 p.m. (D1), 3 p.m. (D3) and 5:30 p.m. (D2).

 

Boys Basketball

Where: Division 1 and 3 Semifinals at Breslin Center in East Lansing. Division 2 and 4 Semifinals at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. All four Finals will be played at Breslin Center.

When: Semifinals are April 8, with Divisions 3 and 4 beginning at 10 a.m. at their respective sites followed by Divisions 1 and 2 at 3:30 p.m. Finals on April 10 will be played at 10 a.m. (D4), 12:30 p.m. (D1), 3 p.m. (D3) and 5:30 p.m. (D2).

 

Girls & Boys Bowling

Where: Division 1 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Division 2 at Century Bowl in Waterford, Division 3 at Jax 60 in Jackson and Division 4 at Super Bowl in Canton. 

When: Team Finals are Friday, March 26, and Singles Finals are March 27. Both events begin at 8 a.m. 

 

Competitive Cheer

Where: Breslin Center, East Lansing
When: Friday, March 26 – Division 3 at 10 a.m., Division 1 at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27 – Division 2 at 10 a.m., Division 4 at 3 p.m. 

 

Gymnastics

Where: Rockford High School
When: Team Finals on Friday, March 26, beginning at 2 p.m. Individual Finals on March 27, beginning at noon. 

 

Ice Hockey

Where: USA Hockey Arena

When: Semifinals on Thursday, March 25, for Division 2 beginning at 4:30 p.m., and March 26 for Divisions 1 and 3 with first games for those divisions beginning at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. All three Finals will be played March 27, at 11 a.m. (D2), 3 p.m. (D3) and 7 p.m. (D1). 

 

Boys Swimming & Diving – Lower Peninsula

Where: Division 1 at Hudsonville High School, Division 2 at Jenison High School, Division 3 at Hamilton High School (diving) and Holland Aquatic Center (swimming). 

When: Diving on Friday, March 26, and all swimming Finals are March 27. Start times are being determined. 

 

Girls & Boys Swimming & Diving – Upper Peninsula

Where: Marquette High School

When: Diving this Friday, March 12, 2:35 p.m. Swimming is Saturday, March 13, beginning at 11:05 a.m.

 

Wrestling – Team

Where: Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, Divisions 2 and 4 in the Arena and Divisions 1 and 3 in the Valley for pre-Finals rounds. All Finals in the Arena. 

When: March 30. Quarterfinals will be followed by Semifinals and Finals, with start times to be determined. 

 

Wrestling – Individual

Where: Divisions 1 and 3 at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo. Divisions 2 and 4 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

When: Divisions 2 and 3 on Friday, April 2. Divisions 1 and 4 on Saturday, April 3. Starts times are being determined.