POPLAR BLUFF, MO (TRCC) – Three Rivers College and the Black River Coliseum have announced plans to host a day of basketball at the Coliseum facility downtown.
The men's and women's basketball teams from Three Rivers will play Mineral Area College on Jan. 7. Three high school girls' basketball games will precede the event: Eminence vs. Senath at 11:30 a.m., Clearwater vs. Scott City at 1 p.m., and Couch vs. Gosnell (AR) at 2:30. The Three Rivers Lady Raiders will play Mineral Area at 5 p.m., with the men's Raider team to follow at 7.
Tickets for entry into the Coliseum for this afternoon of basketball are $5. The reserved seating offer for those with Raider season passes will be honored. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the college Business Office, Bookstore, and the Coliseum box office.
"Basketball hasn't been played at the Coliseum since 2006," said facility manager Bobby Godwin. "Years ago, Three Rivers played there, and it was a good recruitment tool, good for the city, and it appealed to the people who don't always get to the campus to watch ball games. With this event, we are appealing to the city of Poplar Bluff, and hopefully this will draw more fans."
Associate Senior Athletics Administrator and Raiders Assistant Coach Will Durden has fond memories of playing basketball in the Coliseum, and looks forward to seeing his team in action there.
"When I was in high school, I played in several preliminary games at the Coliseum, and then went on to play there for the Raiders when I was a Three Rivers student. I enjoyed my experience there, and I want to share that with our current players. I think this will also give fans a taste of what we can look forward to when the new Event Center is completed."
"The city of Poplar Bluff, which owns the Coliseum, is partnering with Three Rivers to provide this community event," said Godwin. "We'll see how this goes. If it goes well, we may host one or two games next year, if everyone its satisfied. With new leadership at the college and at the Coliseum, we're trying to stir up excitement for the city of Poplar Bluff and for Raiders basketball."