Las Vegas is bidding to host 6 different NCAA events. This is the first year the city gets the chance to bid after NCAA governing body lifted a ban last year that prevented cities that accept wagers on single games to host events. Stakeholders involved included MGM Resorts and the Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority who plan on bidding to host the women’s basketball events in addition to 5 other sports including wrestling and women’s volleyball championships. George Kliavkoff, MGM Resorts’ President of Entertainment and Sports, told The Associated Press
“we’re looking for scaled opportunities. Sports that attract lots of fans and some places we can reconfigure the way the events are held to attract more fans.”
NCAA women’s basketball new format
The NCAA women’s basketball committee is considering changing the format of the regional championship starting from 2023. Currently, the round of the 16 or regionals is being hosted by 4 cities. The new format will have two cities hosting eight teams each instead.
Las Vegas is most certainly ready to host 4 teams and their fans yet there are speculations over which state NCAA committee will choose. Many believe that they are targeting one state on the East Coast and one on the West Coast for hosting regionals in this new format. “ Kliavkoff commented on the cities readiness to host the championship,
“we’re uniquely positioned since we have T-Mobile Arena, MGM Grand Garden Arena and Mandalay Bay. We have three event centres. We know how to do this. There are dozens of hotels in town that have price points for every fan. We’re a city that’s easy to get to with direct nonstop flights from almost everywhere in the country.”
Las Vegas getting ready
Over the past 3 years, Las Vegas hosted major professional sports teams and became home to NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces and next year will be home to Las Vegas Raiders. Furthermore, the city opened the $375 million T-Mobile Arena accommodating NHL and NBA games. The city is also planning to open the $1.8 billion Las Vegas Stadium which will become home to the Raiders and UNLV. Christenson, President of the Las Vegas Events said about getting ready to host the NCAA championships, “for as long as I can remember we have not had the opportunity to compete for these major championship events. Now, with both the policy being rescinded and these new facilities we have in a destination city like Las Vegas, everything is falling into place for us.” With more than 100,000 hotel rooms on the Strip and 3 sports venues, the city is planning to live up to its name when it comes to its hosting abilities.