It has a history unlike any sporting event in the state of North Dakota.
The State 'B' Boys Basketball tournament has created legendary names that many can still recite today -- does "Hunter Berg" ring a bell?
And legendary teams as well...think...Epping.
That tournament is back starting tomorrow...and back in Minot at the MSU Dome.
Perry Olson was there today to see how preparations are going for the thousands who will stream through the gates.
The State B Brings plenty of excitement...and this year, Tournament Director Rick Hedberg says it should bring lots of people too...
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(Perry Olson - KX News) "Seats like this that are rarely used at the MSU Dome should be filled almost to capacity this weekend. Hedberg says early ticket sales have been strong and good crowds are expected."
(Rick Hedberg - State B Tournament Director) "There are just a few seats left in the lower bowl here. I would encourage people to get out and get those purchased."
That lower bowl holds about 45-hundred...capacity is about 10 thousand. And in a year the tournament field much different than last year's event in Grand Forks...the fans will still pour in.
(Rick Hedberg - State B Tournament Director) "The schools probably aren't as big. We have lots of smaller schools but Class B Basketball brings out everybody."
Wednesday final touches were being made to get ready for everyone. And it is that work -- many by volunteers -- that Hedberg says makes an impression on fans when they arrive in the Magic City.
(Rick Hedberg - State B Tournament Director) "People like coming to Minot because of that. They are going to get good service and the community rolls out the red carpet and Minot is excited to host these tournaments."
It tips Thursday at one. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.
Visit-Minot officials tell us that the tournament should bring in about 4 million dollars to the community...and there are still plenty of hotel rooms available for the entire weekend if you or someone you know is still looking.