Gus Macker Tips-Off in Downtown Buffalo

June 24, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 2:53 AM EDT

By WKBW Internet

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June 24, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 2:53 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Crews worked through the morning rain Friday to set-up the 60 courts that will host the players for the 21st Annual Buffalo Gus Macker Tournament.

The Buffalo tournament, which is one of the largest in the country, tips-off Friday evening with the corporate challenge and continues through the weekend.

"Tomorrow morning we'll have almost 900 teams playing, all day Saturday, all day Sunday on 60 courts," said Sue Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Buffalo Police Athletic League.

The tournament will bring more than 3,400 players downtown, with thousands more spectating, combining to play more than 1,000 games a day on Saturday and Sunday.

"There will be players and visitors represented from 21 different states that will be in downtown Buffalo either playing basketball or watching basketball, patronizing restaurants and other business downtown," said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

All the activity is a good thing for business downtown, however the city and police are bringing on extra police patrols to ensure the event remains safe.

Niagara Square will be closed, along with Delaware Avenue between Cary and West Eagle, as well as the side streets along Delaware between Niagara and South Elmwood until 11:00 p.m. Sunday.

WKBW -TV is a proud co-sponsor of this incredible summertime Buffalo event.