The civic center opened three decades ago around the time the much larger Allstate Arena did in Rosemont, but never packed in the same crowds. Taxpayer subsidies kept the lights on, and the facility broke even last year after expenses were slashed by 30 percent.
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GARY | The Gary Splash may have been knocked out of the IBA playoffs in the semifinals Saturday night, but the hometown crowd got to see one of its native sons during All-Star festivities at the Genesis Center on Sunday.
GARY | A former Wirt Trooper hit the free throws to seal a 112-104 win for the Gary Splash over the Chicago Redline in the opening game of Friday's Independent Basketball Association spring playoffs at the Genesis Center.
I'm still waiting for all the angry phone calls, terse e-mails and canceled subscriptions. But it's been as quiet here as a library.
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