Tulsa Lands NCAA Regional

The NCAA selects Tulsa for the 2011 NCAA First-Second Round Division I Men’s Basketball tournament at the BOK Center.
The Tulsa Sports Commission and host partner, the University of Tulsa, submitted a bid in May and hosted a site visit in August.
In a news release from the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, Dan Guerrero, director of athletics at UCLA and NCAA chairman, estimated 70 cities submitted bids.
“Being granted this tournament is another huge accomplishment to add to the BOK Center and the City of Tulsa’s resume,” said John Bolton, BOK Center’s general manager. “The goal has always been to bring top-notch events to Tulsa, not only with concerts, but also sporting events… together with the Sports Commission, we were able to do that once again.”
“An NCAA First-Second Round tournament is a top-tier event and Tulsa’s selection by the NCAA is a major win for us and reinforces the quality reputation that our community has achieved in recent years,” said Mike Dodson, executive director, Tulsa Sports Commission. “The investment the citizens made in Vision 2025 to build a world-class venue like the BOK Center is providing a big return to the region and ensures Tulsa continues to be recognized as a sports leader. The bid submission process is arduous, but the payoff is tremendous.”
The estimated economic impact of an NCAA First-Second Round tournament is approximately $4 million to $6 million. Tulsa has not hosted a First-Second Round tournament since 1985 and joins other hosts such as; Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Tampa, Tucson and Washington, D.C.
“As a university and community we have had the opportunity to host NCAA championships in a variety of sports, including golf, soccer, tennis and now basketball. The visibility the city and the university will receive is immeasurable,” said Bubba Cunningham, TU’s athletic director. “Hosting the Conference USA Basketball Championship this March, followed by the 2011 NCAA Championships is an endorsement of the continuing resurgence of the Tulsa basketball program.”



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