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The Libla Family Sports Complex on the Three Rivers College Poplar Bluff Campus will have its inaugural events on Saturday, February 2. A ribbon cutting will be held at 3 p.m., followed by tours of the facility. The Alumni Reunion and Lady Raiders basketball game will begin at 5 p.m., with the Raiders basketball team playing at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

The Libla Family Sports Complex is a 60,000-square-foot gymnasium that seats 3,000-plus and is intended to replace the Bess Activity Center as the home of the College’s Raiders and Lady Raiders basketball teams. Construction was recently completed.

“This is definitely a long-awaited development, and I feel very blessed that we have received this upgrade to our facilities,” said Gene Bess, coach of the Three Rivers Raiders basketball team. “It’s a great moment for our community and our College to have such a fine sports venue for the Raiders.”

The Libla Family Sports Complex is the new home of the Gene Bess Court and is also convertible into a three-court facility suitable for holding practices and regional high school basketball tournaments.

“We’re proud of our athletic squads at Three Rivers, especially the long list of achievements that Coach Bess has given to us during his tenure here,” said Dr. Wesley Payne, President of Three Rivers College. “We’re so excited to be able to give our coaches, student athletes, and fans this state-of-the-art facility.”

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