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SBD/March 18, 2013/Colleges
Pac-12 Execs "Incredibly Pleased" With Conference Tourney's First Year In Las Vegas
Published March 18, 2013
BIG NUMBERS AROUND THE COUNTRY: The Big Ten tournament drew a total paid attendance of 124,543 over four days at United Center, breaking the league's total attendance record of 109,769 set back in '01. Big Ten Assistant Commissioner Scott Chipman in an e-mail said the league's tournament at the United Center in Chicago this year sold out all six sessions in advance for the first time in tournament history (THE DAILY). Meanwhile, the Kansas-Kansas State Big 12 tournament title game Saturday at the Sprint Center was played before a crowd of 19,256. That "broke the single-session record of 19,160 set during Friday's semifinals." The finals crowd also was a "record for a sporting event at the Sprint Center, breaking the previous record set Friday" (K.C. STAR, 3/17).
SEC ON THE MOVE AGAIN? In St. Louis, Vahe Gregorian noted days after an SEC "contingent made a site visit to Scottrade Center during the Missouri Valley tournament," St. Louis Sports Commission President Frank Viverito was "in Nashville as part of the Sports Commission's bid to land the SEC tourney in 2017 or 2018." St. Louis is "one of three cities the league office has been authorized by conference presidents to negotiate with." Other applicants for a tournament that has "been played in six states through the years are Atlanta, Memphis, New Orleans, Nashville, Orlando and Tampa." Atlanta will host in '14, and Nashville is set for '15, '16 and '19. The decision on '17 and '18 "is expected in the spring." While St. Louis is "on the western edge of the SEC's footprint, it also is an accessible drive for many of the league's members even beyond Mizzou." The SEC tournament schedule "would not conflict with the highly successful" Missouri Valley Conference tournament" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 3/16).