Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
The Missouri Valley Conference announced Monday that the men's basketball postseason tournament will continue to be held in St. Louis through 2015.
It has become a yearly ritual for fans of Missouri Valley schools to circle March on their schedules. No not, for the NCAA Tournament. That comes later. The first thing MVC fans do is to plan their trip to St. Louis for Arch Madness. Now that tradition will continue for at least two more years.
The MVC exercised an option in its contract to remain at the Scottradre Center in St. Louis through 2015, despite the CenturyLink Center in Omaha and Sprint Center in Kansas City making strong pushes to land the event, according to Rob Dauster of Collegebasketballtalk.com.
“This was an important decision for our conference, and we are excited to be able to continue the remarkable run that our tournaments have enjoyed in this neutral city,” MVC commissioner Doug Elgin said. “We are indebted to Scottrade Center and to Family Arena and to many corporate supporters who have made it possible for us to grow our tournaments in a first-class fashion at a neutral site."
Arch Madness has a lot of history and is an incredible event every year. Only the Big East has held its tournament in one neutral site -- the venerable Madison Square Garden -- for a longer length of time.