Marsh Madness returns to Hammond, SLU
HAMMOND---After a four year hiatus, the Louisiana’s Girls High School Basketball Championships will be back in Hammond in 2021.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association has announced that their annual “Marsh Madness” event will return to the Southeastern Louisiana University campus in 2021 and 2022. The tournament, hosted inside the University Center, is already scheduled for March 2-6, 2021, and next year will mark the 11th time in about 20 years that Hammond has hosted the event.
The decision was announced Thursday in Baton Rouge.
It’s a big win for Hammond and the entire Tangipahoa Parish community, said Tangi Tourism Executive Director Carla Tate.
"We are excited to announce the return of The LHSAA Marsh Madness Girls Basketball Championship back to Tangipahoa Parish for 2021 and 2022! Our tradition of providing a championship experience for student athletes playing in a championship game is unsurpassed in the state," Tate said.
She said it was a team effort to bring the tournament back to Tangipahoa Parish. In addition to Tangi Tourism, the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce, Southeastern Louisiana University, the City of Hammond, and Tangipahoa Parish Government all played a role in preparing the winning bid.
Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce CEO Melissa Bordelon said the win is big for our entire community. "Sports tourism is a big deal to our community and we are known for winning people over with our hospitality. This is a big win for our businesses who will benefit as fans visit our restaurants and retail shops in the area.”
Tate offered a special thanks to SLU Athletic Director Jay Artigues and Senior Associate AD Andrew Bechac, who went above and beyond in their efforts to land the tournament. As a result, Hammond will not only host the Girls Basketball Championship Tournament, they will also retain hosting rights for the LHSAA Boys and Girls’ state soccer tournament, which it hosted for the first time this past February.
(Photo courtesy of Carla Tate, Tangi Tourism)