Hotels busy ahead of State B tournament - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Hotels busy ahead of State B tournament

Posted: Updated:
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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • New York State illegally moving convicted sex offenders from prisons into group homes with the developmentally disabled

    New York State illegally moving convicted sex offenders from prisons into group homes with the developmentally disabled

    Thursday, September 20 2018 9:14 AM EDT2018-09-20 13:14:31 GMT
    Three State agencies are involved in placing convicted sex offenders in group homes or hiding this information from the families and the general public>>
    Three State agencies are involved in placing convicted sex offenders in group homes or hiding this information from the families and the general public>>
  • Teacher fired after refusing to abide by ‘No zero' policy when students didn't hand in work

    Teacher fired after refusing to abide by ‘No zero' policy when students didn't hand in work

    Tuesday, September 25 2018 12:35 PM EDT2018-09-25 16:35:46 GMT

    A Florida history teacher says she was fired for refusing to give half-credit to students who didn't turn in their assignments.    Diane Tirado says her school along Florida's Treasure Coast had a "no zero" policy, requiring teachers to give students no less than a 50-percent grade on assignments.    

    >>

    A Florida history teacher says she was fired for refusing to give half-credit to students who didn't turn in their assignments.    Diane Tirado says her school along Florida's Treasure Coast had a "no zero" policy, requiring teachers to give students no less than a 50-percent grade on assignments.    

    >>
  • A bag for a bag: students tackle social stigma to fight food insecurity

    A bag for a bag: students tackle social stigma to fight food insecurity

    Tuesday, September 25 2018 2:15 AM EDT2018-09-25 06:15:59 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A problem within a solution – it’s a phrase so oxymoronic that it almost doesn’t make sense, but it’s crystal clear for a specific group of students at Lewis and Clark High School.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A problem within a solution – it’s a phrase so oxymoronic that it almost doesn’t make sense, but it’s crystal clear for a specific group of students at Lewis and Clark High School.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Good Samaritan uses tourniquet to help save hit-and-run victim in north Spokane

    Good Samaritan uses tourniquet to help save hit-and-run victim in north Spokane

    Wednesday, September 26 2018 2:31 AM EDT2018-09-26 06:31:33 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane security guard never thought he'd have to use a tourniquet, but he still carries it with him just about everywhere he goes. "You never know when you're going to come across something where you could be the guy to help because you know what to do," said John Roach. " I wanted to help the guy and I was able to." Roach was driving on Market Street in north Spokane when he came across the aftermath of a hit-and-run. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane security guard never thought he'd have to use a tourniquet, but he still carries it with him just about everywhere he goes. "You never know when you're going to come across something where you could be the guy to help because you know what to do," said John Roach. " I wanted to help the guy and I was able to." Roach was driving on Market Street in north Spokane when he came across the aftermath of a hit-and-run. 

    >>
  • Seattle arsonist who set deadly fire scheduled for release

    Seattle arsonist who set deadly fire scheduled for release

    Wednesday, September 26 2018 2:17 AM EDT2018-09-26 06:17:14 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say a man who set fire to a Seattle warehouse killing four firefighters in 1995 is scheduled to be released from prison Thursday.    KCPQ-TV reports Martin Pang will leave the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla after serving about 20 years in his 35-year sentence.

    >>

    SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say a man who set fire to a Seattle warehouse killing four firefighters in 1995 is scheduled to be released from prison Thursday.    KCPQ-TV reports Martin Pang will leave the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla after serving about 20 years in his 35-year sentence.

    >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, September 25th

    Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, September 25th

    Wednesday, September 26 2018 2:13 AM EDT2018-09-26 06:13:39 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, September 25th.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, September 25th.

    >>