Competitors in this year’s Gus Macker basketball tournament won’t be able to blame cracked pavement for any missed shots.
“In the past you’ve seen a bumpy Gus Macker around Niagara Square,” Mayor Byron W. Brown said during a tournament announcement Thursday at New Era Cap headquarters. “Those of you who have been dribbling and have hit cracks, those have caused turnovers – you won’t have to worry about that again this year, it’s going to be a smooth course.”
The square and the blocks surrounding it are undergoing a $600,000 makeover, complete with new streets and accessible sidewalks, which will be finished in time for the tournament, set for June 29 and 30.
The annual three-on-three tournament typically involves 70 courts set up around the square and surrounding streets, and draws 4,000 players and 50,000 spectators.
Registration is open at www.buffalogusmacker.com until June 10, though the fees increase after June 1.
Proceeds benefit the Police Athletic League, which plans the event.
Sponsors include former Buffalo Bill Terrence McGee, Toyota, and New Era.