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Volume 26 No. 5

Events and Attractions

The West Coast Conference men's and women's basketball tournaments "will remain at the Orleans Arena" in Las Vegas for the "next three years," according to Jim Meehan of the Spokane SPOKESMAN-REVIEW. The last 11 tourneys have been staged at the same venue and have been a "hit at the turnstiles." Meanwhile, the WCC also partnered with brand strategy firm Legend Labs to unveil a "new logo and branding to better reflect the conference's mission and goals" (Spokane SPOKESMAN-REVIEW, 3/13). The WCC was the "first conference to bring a neutral site tournament to Las Vegas, signing up to play at Orleans Arena" in '09 (Provo DAILY HERALD, 3/13).

GOOD WHILE IT LASTED: Tuesday's Northern Kentucky-Wright State Horizon League men's basketball final marked the end of the tourney's four-year tenure at Little Caesars Arena, as it will move to Indianapolis next year in a three-year deal. In Detroit, Tony Paul notes the conference "initially committed to five years" in the city, and "hoped the run would last much longer." But a "complicating factor" was the Pistons' "decision to move from Auburn Hills" to LCA in '17. That created a "scheduling nightmare." For the league, the building rental fee "skyrocketing with the move" from Joe Louis Arena was an "insurmountable hurdle." Attendance for the tourney "peaked at 30,288 for Year 3, up from 29,240 in Year 2." Horizon League Commissioner Jonathan LeCrone said that there were "about 12 serious contenders" for the tourney's new host, with Farmers Coliseum "winning the host bid." Indianapolis also is the "home city of the league offices" (DETROIT NEWS, 3/14).

Tourism Calgary said that it has been working to bring X Games to the city for almost a decade
Photo: CITY OF CALGARY

Calgary could host additional X Games events in winter '20-22 if "corporate sponsorship can be secured to bring the event to the city," according to Colleen Schmidt of CTV NEWS CALGARY. Officials said that exclusive Canadian rights have been secured by Calgary to host X Games for a "minimum three-year run and the city is hoping to hold events" in '20, '21 and '22. Tourism Calgary said that it has been "working to bring X Games to the city for almost a decade," and the Alberta government has committed C$13.5M over the next three years to the project. Hosting concepts have been "approved for venues at Stampede Park and WinSport" (CALGARY.CTVNEWS.ca, 3/13). In Calgary, Ryan Rumbolt notes the city, through Tourism Calgary, will invest C$1.8M "per year for three years" to support the X Games. Tourism Calgary CEO Cindy Ady said that the organization hopes to "secure indefinite rights for the Winter X Games, saying competition could become an 'anchor event'" and make the Stampede Grandstand outdoor venue a "destination in the winter" (CALGARY HERALD, 3/14). The city of Aspen in January signed a five-year deal through '24 to continue hosting Winter X Games. Additionally, ESPN in January announced a deal to host winter events in China -- simultaneously with the Aspen games -- beginning in '19 (THE DAILY).