Four cities bidding for First Four

Four cities bidding for First Four


MARK: DAYTON IS GUARANTEED TO HOST THE FIRST FOUR AGAIN NEXT YEAR. BUT AFTER THAT… IS A GIANT QUESTION MARK.KATIE: SEVERAL OTHER CITIES HAVE PLACED BIDS TO HOST THE FIRST FOUR FROM 20-19 THROUGH 20-22. 2 NEWS REPORTER JAKE RYLE TRAVELED TO ONE OF THOSE CITIES… AND EXPLAINS WHY THEY’RE TRYING TO MAKE THE STEAL. JAKE RYLE/2 NEWS WORKING FOR YOU:”THE BUILDING BEHIND ME IS THE FORD CENTER IN DOWNTOWN EVANSVILLE. IT’S ONE OF THREE OTHER CITIES VYING TO TAKE OVER THE FIRST FOUR FROM DAYTON.””SOUND OF BAND TRUMPET” “DAYTON DOES A FANTASTIC JOB. WE DON’T WANT TO DETRACT FROM THAT. WE JUST WOULD LIKE TO BE A PART OF THE PROCESS AND THINK WE CAN DO A GOOD JOB, TOO.” THE GROWING TOWN OF EVANSVILLE, INDIANA. IT’S GEM — AN 11-THOUSAND SEAT ARENA.. PAIRED WITH A CONVENTION CENTER.. AND NEW HOTEL.MARK SPENCER/ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE:”WE HAVE A GREAT FACILITY HERE THE MINIMUM. OVER 10,000 AND SOME GREAT FANS THAT SUPPORT THE TEAMS. SO WE THOUGHT, WHY NOT?” MARK SPENCER — ATHLETIC DIRECTOR FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE.. PARTNERED WITH THE EVANSVILLE SPORTS CORPORATION. THEY’VE JOINED HERSHEY, PENNSYLVANIA.. DETROIT, MICHIGAN.. AND DAYTON.. VYING TO HOST THE FIRST FOUR STARTING IN 2019. “SOUND OF CHEERING FANS” SPENCER SPOKE WITH NCAA OFFICIALS.. ON WHAT MAKES A GOOD FIRST FOUR HOST.”THEY’RE LOOKING FOR A REGIONAL CITY. SOMEWHERE IT’S EASY TO GET IN AND OUT OF THAT CAN SUPPORT THE FANS. BUT ALSO TO GET THE TEAMS IN AND OUT.” THEIR CITY IS CENTRALLY LOCATED — WITHIN 3 HOURS OF NASHVILLE, CHICAGO, INDIANAPOLIS, AND CINCINNATI. AND HE’S HOPING EVANSVILLE CAN STEAL THE NCAA’S FIRST FOUR SPOTLIGHT. “WE KNEW IT WOULD TAKE A VERY STRONG BID TO GET IT OUT OF DAYTON, BUT WHEN THE NCAA PUTS IT OUT THERE, THEY’RE TRYING TO TAKE A LOOK TO SEE WHETHER OR NOT IT COULD BE SOMEWHERE ELSE.””SOUND OF CAR DRIVING BY” “GROWING UP WE HAD SEASON TICKETS TO THE FLYERS FOR A COUPLE YEARS.” SHANE CAREY.. A CENTERVILLE HIGH GRAD.. IS THE BAR MANAGER FOR OLD CHICAGO PIZZA.SHANE CAREY/BAR MANAGER, EVANSVILLE OLD CHICAGO PIZZA: “PEOPLE ENJOY EVANSVILLE. THERE’S THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE OF BASKETBALL TO GET AWAY.” THE CITY HAS ALREADY HOSTED SEVERAL CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS.. AND THE DIVISION TWO MENS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS TWO YEARS AGO. “IT’S LOUD. THAT’S WHAT’S ALWAYS FUN. IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S ALWAYS SOLD OUT.” NOW — OTHER CITIES GOING FOR A PIECE OF THE PIE. “PEOPLE OF DAYTON, THAT WAS KIND OF A COOL THING FOR THEM, BUT MAYBE THEY COULD SHARE ONE YEAR WITH US.” “IT WOULD BE GREAT TO BE IN A ROTATION IF IT WERE A TWO-CITY, OR THREE-CITY ROTATION WHERE YOU GET A LITTLE DIFFERENT FLAVOR EACH YEAR.””SHOW THE REST OF THE COUNTRY THAT IT MAY BE LITTLE EVANSVILLE BUT WE CAN DO IT.” AND EVANSVILLE, ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, WILL FIND OUT ON APRIL 18TH.JAKE RYLE:”THAT’S THE DAY WHEN THE NCAA WILL MAKE THEIR DECISION ON WHICH CITY WILL HOST THE FIRST FOUR COME 2019. REPORTING IN EVANSVILLE. JAKE RYLE, 2 NEWS WORKING FOR YOU.”

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