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Fan information for high school state basketball tournaments

For the visiting fans making the pilgrimage to the metro area for this week’s high school state basketball tournaments, here are some things you should know, including an important notice about construction near Dreamstyle Arena that appears at the bottom of this item:


At Bernalillo High School, which is only hosting games on Wednesday, tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students K-12, seniors 65+ and military. Cash only.

At the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, the cost is $10 for adults, and $5 for students, seniors and military. Cash only.

At Dreamstyle Arena/the Pit, chair back seats cost $15. Otherwise admission prices exactly follow the pricing at the other two venues. Pre-sale tickets at the Pit can be obtained by calling 505-925-LOBO, or going online at


If you are unable to get to the metro area for a game in person, the NFHS Network is offering all games this week online — for a subscription fee that begins at $9.95.

To register, go to The network asks fans to sign up early to get their access code.


Fans going to the Pit should be advised that the University of New Mexico charges $5 for each vehicle.

Parking is free at Bernalillo High and the Star Center.


The New Mexico Activities Association is strongly advising fans — especially those attending daytime games — to plan accordingly for some road work being done at University Boulevard/Avenida Cesar Chavez, which are the two primary streets in front of Dreamstyle Arena.

There are likely to be delays throughout the week as lane closures are part of this work. Here are the exact restrictions:

West-bound traffic on Avenida Cesar Chavez will be reduced to one lane near and through the University intersection.

North-bound traffic on University will also be reduced to one lane near and through the Cesar Chavez intersection.

According to the city, the work will be done from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday of this week.

Fans using I-25 to the Pit who want to avoid getting jammed up should consider using the Lead/Coal or Gibson exits near the arena, which could save some time in either finding a parking space or exiting the area.