ERIE, Pa. – The Burger King Classic, a staple of each basketball season for Cathedral Prep, has been cancelled, according to a release from Cathedral Prep athletic director Bill Flanagan.
“After months of consultation and reflection, we felt this was the only outcome we were presented with,” Flanagan said. “For nearly 40 years this tournament has been run as an event for the Erie community. With the current situation we are saddled with regarding the virus, there was no proper way to host this as we normally would, meaning the decision was being made for us. Our hope and expectation is to return next January.”
The release did say that the event will return next season.
The tournament, which brands itself as ‘The nation’s top 4-team high school basketball tournament held every MLK weekend in Erie, PA,’ was set to feature Prep, two other Pennsylvania teams and a team from Ohio, per the release.
“Burger King supports the decision to postpone the 2021 Burger King Classic,” said Burger King HR Manager Megan Tidwell in the release. “The safety of the players, fans and our loyal guests is paramount. We will continue to support the Burger King Classic for many years to come and hope to see you soon.”
The first day of winter sports practices in Pennsylvania is this Friday.