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Gus Macker Basketball in Olean this Weekend

Gus-Macker-2012---Image-3Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball, America’s largest outdoor basketball will be held in Olean Aug. 16-18, 2013.  The three-day event, organized by the Olean High School Sports Booster and the Olean City School District Foundation, is open to players of all ages and experience levels who are computer-matched by age, height and experience so that all participants can be competitive. The event, first held in Lowell, Michigan in 1974, is a family festival with food and music along with the basketball competition.

 Location: Courts will be positioned on Delaware Avenue and North Barry Street, with food and retail vendors setting up in the Olean Center Mall/Key Bank parking lot.

Loads of Visitors: There are 277 teams registered, which means more than 6,000 people for the Gus Macker event!

Street Closures: Delaware and North Barry streets will be closed to traffic Friday, Aug. 16. They will reopen late Sunday, Aug. 18.

Parking: Olean Center Mall, lots on Wayne Street. Jamestown Community College (North Union Street and in lots behind campus), and city lots off West Sullivan.

Dude, Where’s My Court (And My Game)? Intersection of North Barry and Delaware Avenue. Brackets and a map are available at www.macker.com.

Dream Court: The Dream Court, complete with color commentators, will return for its sixth year appearance at the Olean Macker.

Medical Staff: The medical “tent” will be located near the American Red Cross building on North Barry Street.

Court Layout: Courts are lined with yellow duct tape in a 35-by-35-foot area marked with a take-back line, foul line and a 2-point shot arc. Games are to 15 (win by two) and players must cross the take-back line with 2 feet after every change of possession. Possession changes after every made basket as well, meaning no “winner’s ball” rule.

Registration: Team registration will take place from 4–7 p.m. at a new location — Covered Wagon Offices, 528 North Barry St., Olean. The Gus Macker Olean Committee encourages all local players to register Friday.  Saturday registration continues from 7 a.m. – noon.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact either David Carucci at (716) 372-9289 or Meme Yanetsko at (716) 372-4433.

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