Peoria Gus Macker Tournament canceled due to financial issues

PEORIA, Ill. – (WMBD) It appears the return of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to Peoria in 2016 was for one year only. The Peoria Area Community Events Board announced Friday this year’s tournament has been canceled. It was scheduled for July 29 and 30.

Peoria Gus Macker Director Brad Pierson says the decision was a difficult one, but had to happen due to a reduction in sponsorships and in-kind services. He says PACE was not in the position to absorb the expenses not covered by sponsors.

 

The Gus Macker tournament returned to Peoria in 2016 after a nine-year absence. The PACE board does plan to explore brining the event back again in 2018. 


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