After successfully hosting the biggest event in its history, Cincinnati leaders are eyeing the next big event to keep the tourism boom going. While many were busy lobbying Major League Baseball to bring the 2015 All-Star Game to Cincinnati, other leaders were filing official bids to host preliminary rounds of the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament, and the 2014 NCAA Division I hockey regional. More from the Cincinnati Enquirer:
The Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation submitted four different bids: one for each of the second-/third-round games in 2014 and 2015, and for the regionals in each of those years. Only one of the four would be awarded. It’s not very often that a city has gotten back-to-back March Madnesses in the same two-year bid cycle, an NCAA official said…Even with having to accommodate a major media contingent, U.S. Bank Arena would have over 16,000 seats. That’s 4,500 seats more than McKale Center in Tucson in each of its five March Madnesses since Cincinnati went dark: 1994, 1997, 2004, 2005 and 2011.
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