ARLINGTON — The Arlington Municipal Airport was packed with hundreds of basketball players and their fans during the annual 3-on-3 X-travaganza basketball tournament on Aug. 10-11.
"I'm really excited because we had a 30 percent increase in teams this year," said Nicole Roskelley, public relations coordinator for the event. "Usually you can hope for 10-15 percent, so this was awesome. We had more than 170 teams sign up and we had a little more than 130 last year."
The tournament not only drew more athletes but also more people from out of town.
"I know we had teams from Canada, Eugene, Ore. and Wenatchee this year so they are really from all over," said Roskelley. "Once they come to one tournament, most teams decide to come every year because it's such a fun location. That's actually why the team from Oregon signed up, they've been coming up here each year."
In addition to an increase in team participation, the event saw a number of new vendors, including a Mexican taqueria truck, a massage therapist, several athletic supply companies and more.
"We even had companies come out to volunteer," said Roskelley. "The Nike store at the outlet mall came and did our parking and donated bags as well."
Although the tournament has only just wrapped up for 2013, the board of directors is looking at adding even more for the 2014 tournament.
"We already have some really fun ideas for next year," Roskelley said. "The Army came in and had a booth this year and it was a really great presence, so next year our hope is to have the Navy come in and have some fun banter between the two, even a game between the two. We also want to include a police officer and firefighter bracket and have some of the local law enforcement come in and compete against each other in a fun environment."
The 3-on-3 X-travaganza was successful in part because of volunteer help.
"The biggest organization that volunteered was the A-town Hoops organization," said Roskelley. "They did all of our garbages and clean up. We even had some seniors from the high school do their senior projects so that was really great."
The total funds raised for the event have not yet been tallied, but the organization will calculate their expenses and have a total by the week of Aug. 19.