A brick wall at the Glens Falls Civic Center, site of this year's state boys basketball tournament on March 20-22, partially collapsed Wednesday, but the head of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association remained hopeful the event would not have to be moved.
"We are closely monitoring the situation and we hope the Civic Center will be deemed a safe and functional venue so we can have the tournament at Glens Falls," said Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director. "We will have engineers and architects look more closely at it [Thursday]. But it appears as if the damage may have been cosmetic and not structural."
An article in The Glens Falls Post Star reported that snow and ice on the arena's roof pushed out the lower protective wall on the edge of the roof and caused the bricks to collapse. High school basketball playoff games scheduled at the Civic Center this week have been moved to other locations. The city of Glens Falls owns the 36-year-old arena, which is home to the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.
Zayas said he had not yet discussed with his staff any possible contingency plans for moving the state boys basketball tournament, which has been played at the Civic Center since 1981.