Changes planned for Greater Alaska Shootout; annual basketball tournament begins Tuesday


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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Changes are coming to this year's Great Alaska Shootout.

The annual college basketball tournament will take place in the University of Alaska Anchorage's new arena, Alaska Airlines Center, under new sponsorship by GCI. Spectators will be allowed to drink beer or wine in a designated portion of the arena, a tourney first. There will be no smoking in the parking lot. And six teams will be making their debuts in the event, which begins Tuesday.

The $1-million shot contest also is going away, though UAA associate athletic director Tim McDiffett says there are new promotions planned. No one ever banked the big-money shot.

UAA men's coach Rusty Osborne told the Alaska Dispatch News ( ) it should be an enjoyable experience for fans.

Information from: Alaska Dispatch News,

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