By: Kayla Bremer
Thousands of visitors from around the state will soon flood into the capital city for the High School State Tournament.
The girl's rounds start this Thursday and will run through Saturday as usual. But what's new this year is the Pinnacle Bank Arena will host several of the games.
"Thursday and Friday will be preliminary games and then Saturday will be Championship Saturday where we'll have all the classes playing their finals here," Tom Lorenz of the Pinnacle Bank Arena said.
Tournament goers will notice other changes that have taken place around the arena since last year too.
The Railyard is open with several new restaurants and hotels. In fact, one opened just last week. And what may be one of the most important things for people traveling to the games, parking.
"We have the festival space lot which is about 1,300 cars just north of the arena on the other side of the tracks attached by the new Lincoln Bridge."
That lot will have all–day event parking for $3.
If you want to park a little closer, two garages next to the arena will have all–day parking for $5 or you can purchase your spot ahead of time for a buck cheaper online at parkandgo.org.
"People can park once, come to the games and then spend the whole day going through the different areas, the shops and the restaurants."
A couple other things to remember when you're headed to cheer on your team...the arena has several concession stands so no outside food or drink is allowed. Also you're encouraged to cheer loudly, but without the help of air horns or megaphones.
The Boy's Tournament will start the following Thursday.