FHSAA To Continue Basketball Championships At RP Funding Center

GAINESVILLE, FL (7/18/17) – The Florida High School Athletic Association and RP Funding Center announced Monday the signing of a two-year extension for the 2018 and 2019 Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships. The agreement ensures the RP Funding Center will remain host to the finals of the girls and boys state basketball championships for 24-consecutive years.

“We are thrilled to return to Lakeland as we continue our goal of providing our student-athletes with a quality championship experience,” FHSAA Executive Director George Tomyn said. “The current renovations and new partnership with the Orlando Magic make the RP Funding Center an even stronger venue for our basketball state championships.”

The tournament will now run Monday through Saturday. The format will remain the same with four-team single elimination tournaments conducted in each of the nine classifications for both the girls and boys events, as well as the Special Olympics Unified Sports State Championships.

“We’re very excited about continuing our relationship with the FHSAA,” said Tony Camarillo, Executive Director of the RP Funding Center.  “We look forward to providing a top-notch facility for the student athletes of the State of Florida and providing a great event for our community and visiting guests to come out and support Florida Basketball.” 

Currently undergoing $14 million in renovations, the RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center) is home of the Lakeland Magic, the Orlando Magic’s NBA G-League team set to begin play in November.

The locked-in dates for the FHSAA State Championships are listed below for the next two years:

Year

Event

Date

Venue

2018

FHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships

Feb. 26-March 3

RP Funding Center

2018

FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships

March 5-10

RP Funding Center

2019

FHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships

Feb. 25-March 2

RP Funding Center

2019

FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships

March 4-9

RP Funding Center

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About The FHSAA

The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors aca­demic and athletic achievement among current and former student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Head­quartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida.

About RP Funding Center
The RP Funding Center is conveniently located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida off I-4 on Lime Street; the RP Funding Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm. For ticket information, call the Box Office at (863) 834-8111 or visit our website at www.rpfundingcenter.com.