The doubling up of teams from three schools in both boys and girls basketball state championship games this weekend has prompted changes in the schedule.
The Class A state finals in Portland on Thursday night and the Class AA games in Portland on Friday night, each originally scheduled as two single-game, separate-admission sessions, now will be held as a two-game, single-admission session each evening.
The Maine Principals’ Association made those revisions this week after Class A Hampden Academy and Greely of Cumberland Center and Class AA Edward Little of Auburn qualified both their girls and boys teams for state championship games.
MPA executive director Dick Durost said the changes were made to alleviate the financial burden on fans from those schools who wish to attend their teams’ games and the belief that with fewer schools involved that the Cross Insurance Arena will be able to handle the anticipated crowds within a single session each night.
Under the original schedule, fans from those schools would have had to pay separate admissions to see their girls and boys teams play for the gold ball, but under the revised schedule one ticket will be good for both games.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
Under the updated schedule, North champion Hampden Academy will face South winner Greely in the Class A state championship doubleheader at the Cross Insurance Arena on Thursday, with the girls game at 6 p.m. followed by the boys game at approximately 7:45 p.m.
The Class A state finals originally were scheduled with the girls game at 6 p.m. and the boys game at 8:30.
Friday’s Class AA games, also at the Cross Insurance Arena, now will match North champion Edward Little of Auburn against Gorham in the girls contest at 6 p.m., followed by the Red Eddies facing Scarborough in the boys game at approximately 7:45 p.m.
The original schedule had the Class AA games as separate-admission contests at 6 and 9 p.m.