The 40th annual Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball tournament was held for the first time on the campus of the Free Lutheran Bible College from February 18-20, 2022. Seven men’s and six women’s teams squared off in daily competition on the brand-new court in the Student Life Center. With multiple games, extended hours for the Full Court Press coffee shop and concessions, as well as many first-time visitors on campus, the building was buzzing from start to finish. Fans enjoyed the good competition, the comfortable bleacher seating (back rests!), and the clean, welcoming, and convenient facility. Many commented about the open feel of the design, which allowed viewing from both the bleachers and the common area that overlooked the action. This year’s tournament champions included the men’s team from Turtle Mountain Community College and the women’s team from Sisseton-Wahpeton College. Based on the positive experience, it is likely that the Student Life Center at FLBC will be a host to many future events, including the potential return of the NIAC Tournament.

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