Road to Humboldt a very remote one

first_imgSeven other teams from five states spent Monday firming up itineraries. The NCAA’s agent, Shorts Travel, made most of the arrangements but some details had yet to be ironed out. Cal State still had not secured rental vans late in the day. “The biggest problem is you have such short notice,” Cal State athletic director Nancy Simpson said. “There isn’t a lot of time to pull things together.” The tournament starts Friday. The Broncos (20-7) play in the first quarterfinals at noon against Seattle (19-8) while the Coyotes (22-5) face Brigham Young-Hawaii (20-7) in the second. Both local teams will leave Wednesday. Cal State has a 6:24 a.m. flight out of Ontario into San Francisco. They have a two-hour layover before their connecting flight to Arcata. The Broncos are flying out of LAX at 9:45 a.m. and going directly into Arcata. Basketball enthusiasts not connected to Humboldt State were hoping to go elsewhere. Problems that come up when the subject arises are the difficulty getting in and out of the area, lack of sufficient hotel space and a gymnasium with limited parking. Those at the school say those are myths. “It isn’t as bad as people think,” Humboldt Sports Information Director Dan Pambianco said. “We have to travel to play everybody and we haven’t had a problem.” Scott Lowe, Sports Information Director at BYU Hawaii agrees. His team is leaving Tuesday because it has a five-hour flight into a different time zone. “Some of the California teams are spoiled because they have it pretty easy most of the year,” he said. “We have had just as much trouble going to San Bernardino because you fly into LAX, then have to sit in traffic for three hours.” Lowe added that his school has learned to deal with minor inconviences because they are typical for the Hawaii schools. BYU used to be in a conference that played Western New Mexico and Montana State-Billings on the same trip and is ued to multiple stops. Pambianco confirmed that United has 10 flights (30-seater) from San Francisco and two from Sacramento arriving daily at Arcata/Eureka. Horizon has two flights (70 seats) from Portland and two from LAX. The city doesn’t have as many options as other major metropolitan areas, but there enough. The same is true for lodging accomodations, as long as athletic events are not held on graduation weekends. There are five rental car companies in the area, three operating out of the aiport. The school has successfully hosted Division II National cross country teams in 1990 and 1996 and those feature more than 30 teams. Pambianco concedes that parking is a bit of a problem because of construction taking place on campus. A new 2,000-seat facility should open in November and has swallowed up some of the existing space. In the meantime team vehicles will be permitted to park in front of East gym. The school is also running shuttles for fans to adjacent lots and is waving parking fees during the event. Most are adopting a wait-and-see attitude as to how the event goes over. “The NCAA has minimum requirements and they have met all of those,” Cal Poly Pomona athletic director Brian Swanson said. “The rules state that they get the chance to host.” Logistics aside, all say they expect a successful event. “I know their staff and they will run a terrific event. I have no doubt about that. I can tell by the package of information we have all gotten,” Simpson said. “The logistics are tough but they will do a great job with everything in their control.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The writing has been on the wall for the Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team for almost a month. Its loss to local rival Cal Poly Pomona cost the Coyotes a CCAA title and the chance to host the West Region Tournament. So the No. 2 seeded Coyotes and the No. 3 Broncos will be traveling to the remotely located but scenic town of Arcata, not far from the Oregon border. The Humboldt State Lumberjacks got the top seed and hosting rights for the eight-team event. last_img read more