BANGOR, Maine — Fans concerned about parking for the Eastern Maine Classes B, C and D high school basketball tournament at the Bangor Auditorium that begins Friday should find nothing different this year except for the view as they enter the complex.
While the primary entrance to the auditorium’s main parking lot, Dutton Street, has been closed off during the early stages of the construction of a new Bangor arena and civic center next to the current facility, Bass Park executive director Mike Dyer said Thursday the street will be open beginning at noon Friday and will remain open for the duration of the tournament.
That means fans will be able to drive into the main parking lot just as they have in the past — only this year they will be able to see the construction project just to their right as they approach the auditorium.
Dyer did recommend not slowing down for too long to view the construction while approaching the auditorium from Dutton Street in order to reduce the risk of a possible fender-bender with like-minded fans interested in seeing both this year’s tournament and the home of future tournaments beginning in 2013.
“I say that kind of tongue-in-cheek,” said Dyer, “but the fact is there’s a great view of the construction project once you get into the main parking lot and look back toward Dutton Street.”
The 2012 tournament will be the next-to-last one played at the current Bangor Auditorium. The new Bangor arena and civic center currently under construction is scheduled to open on Labor Day weekend 2013.