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Rave reviews for La Crosse Center hosting WIAA tourney

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The positive reviews and “thank you” letters continue to come in to the La Crosse Center, after this year’s WIAA basketball tournaments. 

The arena hosted three divisions in the boys’ and girls’ finals in February and early March. 

Spending by the visitors added up to a million dollars for the local economy, according to convention and visitor bureau director A.J. Frels.  

Some local residents, like Center board member Scott Neumeister, also had a fun time at the tournament, saying it felt good to sit in the arena and watch a game, a year into the pandemic.

Onalaska, Bangor, and Luther were among the area schools which got to play in the state tournament games at the Center.          

The WIAA events were played at the La Crosse Center three days in a row for two straight weeks, with other finals being played in Oshkosh.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.