Kettering prepares for weather and Flyin' To The Hoop Invitational this weekend
KETTERING, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT)- Friday night the stands inside Trent Arena in Kettering will be packed with fans watching some of the best basketball talent in the country, but outside the school and the city will be working to make sure the parking lot and streets are clear from the snow we're predicted to get.
"We started this event to give local kids a chance to play on a national stage on the basketball side," Horstman said.
It's rated as the #2 showcase event in the nation with more than 130 teams trying to be one of the 38 selected.
The talent is hot but the weather is not. We're supposed to get another winter wallop tomorrow into Saturday.
"It's not supposed to start getting bad until later in the evening, which all of the games will already have been started by then. The national teams are supposed to be here early Friday so, it should not be a factor," Horstman said.
Kettering Schools must wait and see what the weather does. The main lot will be full with students cars Friday afternoon. The students will be leaving around four Friday afternoon and the first game is at 6:30 p.m.
"We will have a small window of time that we may get in here and be able to do some treating if we have ice or snow," Ken Lackey, the Director of Business Services for Kettering City Schools said.
Lackey says there's not much they can do until the rain stops.
"We can't do a lot of pretreating because the ice and freezing rain is going to be proceeded by rain. So, any pretreating would be washed off," Lackey said.
The streets in the area will be easy for crews to plow. There's no parking until the invitational is over on Monday.
"We end up selling out every day. It is a solid 20,000 fans, will be going in and out of the facility all weekend to enjoy the basketball," Horstman said.
We checked and as of Thursday evening none of the teams have cancelled because of the weather.
"Kettering Schools and the city of Kettering are doing a fabulous job of keeping me updated, saying all of the roads will be plowed to the best of their ability and the parking lot at the school," Horstman said. "When the snow stops Saturday morning, it's going to be cold but it's going to be hot inside the gym.”