Every year, the best high school basketball teams in Texas compete for the title of state champion right here at the Frank Erwin Center. Since we began hosting the UIL Texas High School Basketball State Championships in 1978, a total of 372 championship teams have been crowned here. Last week, we added 12 more to the list! These student athletes along with their coaches work tirelessly all season to make it to this point, but they’re not the only ones who log many hours in preparation for this event.
The entire Frank Erwin Center staff prepares months in advance for the large crowds of basketball fans the UIL Texas High School Basketball State Championships bring in every year. From the administrative and business offices, box office, events, facilities, IT, maintenance, marketing, sound and audio/visual, stage, suite operations, Texas Box Office, and our food and beverage provider Sodexo, these state tournaments require a great amount of teamwork even for those not competing on the court.
Here’s a look at the 2014 UIL Girls and Boys High School Basketball State Championships by the numbers:
133,189 – total number of session tickets sold.
99,389 – total number of fans that attended both tournaments.
$33,500 – total amount Sodexo, our food and beverage provider, will give back to the non-profit organizations who volunteered to work concessions at both tournaments.
5,437 – total number of souvenir cups purchased at both tournaments.
1,200 – the number of Frank Erwin Center staff that worked both tournaments this year. This includes ushers, security, suite operations team, phone and window sellers, housekeeping personnel, set-up and breakdown crews, sound technicians, IT staff, Sodexo and management.
15,000 – combined total number of hours all of the staff mentioned above worked during both tournaments.
500 – the furthest number of miles a team traveled to Austin to compete at this year’s tournament. The Bushland High School boy’s basketball team traveled about 7.5 hours from Bushland, Texas.
36 – years the Frank Erwin Center has hosted the UIL Texas High School Basketball State Championships. The building first opened its doors Nov. 29, 1977 and began hosting the tournaments in March 1978.
35 – average number of games each team played to reach the tournament.
19 – most UIL Girls High School Basketball State Championships. Nazareth, Conference 1A (1977-82, 84, 85, 88-91, 96, 2000-02, 05, 07, 14).
16 – number of hours the Frank Erwin Center box office was open each day during both tournaments. From Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 27-March 1 and from Thursday-Saturday, March 6-8, the box office was open a total of 96 hours in six days!
10 – most UIL Boys High School Basketball State Championships. Snook High School Conference 1A (1965, 66, 69, 78-84).
7 – number of teams that won a State Championship for the first time ever this year.
Girls: Plains High School – Confrence 1A Division I, Wall High School – Conference 2A, Waco La Vega High School – Conference 3A and Manvel High School – Conference 5A.
Boys: Mumford High School – Conference 1A Division I, Water Valley High School – Conference 1A Division II and Galena Park North Shore High School – Conference 5A.
1 – number of celebrities honored at this year’s Boy’s UIL tournament. Shaquille O’Neal was present with his honor team San Antonio Cole who won the 1989 Conference 3A Championship.
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