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EmD 3-On-3 hoops fest to debut in August

EmD 3-On-3 is a two-day hoops extravaganza on 30 courts in the north parking lot. - Courtesy
EmD 3-On-3 is a two-day hoops extravaganza on 30 courts in the north parking lot.
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Emerald Downs introduces EmD 3-On-3 this summer, a two-day hoops extravaganza on 30 courts in the north parking lot.

The inaugural EmD3-On-3 is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11 – the week before the Longacres Mile – and is expected to attract players from throughout Washington and possibly beyond.

The event is modeled after the successful Hoopfest in Spokane, which began with 2,000 players in 1990 and has grown to one of the city's biggest events with nearly 28,000 players and 3,000 volunteers in 2012.

"The Puget Sound region is one of the nation's biggest hotbeds for basketball, with tremendous interest and participation in youth, high school and collegiate programs," said Emerald Downs President Ron Crockett. "A 3-on-3 tournament is a natural, and we have a great venue that is centrally located for easy access."

To be held on 30 side-by-side half-courts in the parking lot north of the grandstand, EmD3-On-3 is open to teams and players of all ages and abilities. Cost per team is $120 with each team guaranteed at least three games.

“This is more than an event for basketball lovers,” said Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis. “It’s a great event that will bring together community, attract visitors to Auburn and bring revenue to our city. That is why the City of Auburn has signed on as a sponsor.”

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact event coordinator Bob Fraser at bobf@emeralddowns.com or 253-288-7028.

First-year sponsors will enjoy inaugural year pricing for the first five years of sponsorship renewal.

For information, visit www.emd3on3.com.

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