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District 3 tourney moving to Giant Center

The District 3 wrestling championships will have a new home this winter.

The tournament, which has been held at Hersheypark Arena since 2003, will move up the road to the much-newer Giant Center, according to a post Tuesday on the District 3 website. The Giant Center is also the home of the PIAA state tournament.

At its new location, the District 3 tournament will also change from a two-day format to a three-day format. The Class AAA tournament will wrestle through the quarterfinals on Thursday, while the Class AA tournament will start Friday morning. Both classes will wrestle concurrent championship semifinals on Friday evening.

Similar to the state tournament, Saturday will exclusively showcase the championship matches and consolation finals. The tournament will end before 3:30 p.m. to allow arena staff to prepare the arena for a Hershey Bears home game.

The district also made changes to the Class AA sectional tournaments last month.

This school year's district tournament will run from Feb. 23-25.