Tulsa Losing Summit League Championships

The Summit League will head to Sioux Falls, S.D., and the Sioux Falls Arena for its men’s and women’s basketball championships in 2009 and 2010 Commissioner Tom Douple announced today.

The Summit League, formerly the Mid-Continent League, Presidents Council voted Monday to move the league’s top event to the largest city in South Dakota. The tournament has been held in Tulsa for the past three years and will be held at the 5,662-seat UMAC again next March.

Built in 1961, the Sioux Falls Arena is a 7,100-seat facility. It is home to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, an NBA Development League team, the Sioux Falls Storm, an arena football team in the United Indoor Football Association, and the Sioux Falls Stampede, a United States Hockey League team and the 2007 Clark Cup champions.

The Summit League Basketball Championships feature the top eight men’s and women’s teams in the conference with the winners receiving automatics bids in the NCAA Tournament. The championship games are televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks. The men’s championship game has appeared on ESPN or ESPN2 each of the last 14 years, while the women’s title game has appeared on ESPNU each of the last two seasons.

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