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Hotels busy ahead of State B tournament

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The Red Lion Hotel is the closest hotel to the arena where the tournament is played so that makes it a prime home base for teams coming into town. The Red Lion Hotel is the closest hotel to the arena where the tournament is played so that makes it a prime home base for teams coming into town.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

After a slow winter season, the Red Lion Hotel at the Park is gearing up for a busy March.

"There's a lot of sporting events going on," says RL general manager, Michael Fear. "We have to staff up and get ready for a lot of people."

The hotel is completely sold out for Friday and only has limited availability through the rest of the weekend. Those last minute folks who were looking to get reservations for the State B basketball tournament may be out of luck.

"We anticipated there would be some fall off," says Fear. Often times teams will book rooms hoping to get into the tournament but end up not qualifying. Those teams then cancel their reservations, but that doesn't mean rooms will open up.

"We already had a waiting list for teams wanting to get in."

Sold-out weekends mean good business for employees.

"We have plenty of hours available," says Rebecca Zayko who works reception for the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. Those extra hours don't bother her at all. "I'm saving up for some things in my life, so it's perfect for me."

Greg Annis who works transportation for the establishment says he'll be adding shifts too. "I volunteered to work some split shifts for them when they needed it," he says. "Can't complain about extra hours."

Both Annis and Zayko agree that it's an exciting time of year.

"You get a good feel from the kids, and they're excited, you're excited. You have jokes going on," says Zayko.

Greg Annis says it makes the job more fun. "It just makes the day go by faster. I like people coming in and you hear where they're from and their stories."

The Red Lion Hotel is the closest hotel to the arena where the tournament is played so that makes it a prime home base for teams coming into town.

Fear says it isn't only the hotels who reap the benefits from all the out of town visitors either. "The economic impact with a group like this is great because they spin off into the local downtown restaurants and gas stations and everything. They're everywhere."

The tournament goes from Thursday through Saturday.

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