St. Louis gets 2018 SEC men’s hoops tournament
(KTVI)- The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday that St. Louis has been selected to host the 2018 men’s basketball tournament at Scottrade Center, a move that means a busy sports calendar in the region that year which could get even busier. The 2018 PGA Championship will be contested at Bellerive Country Club that summer and St. Louis is still in the mix to potentially host the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four that spring at Edward Jones Dome.
Does winning the SEC rights help or hurt St. Louis’ chances at winning the Final Four bid?
Frank Viverito, of the St. Louis Sports Commission told FOX2 Wednesday that the Final Four would be “challenging no matter what.” The city is competing with Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, North Texas, Phoenix/Glendale and San Antonio. Viverito said it would be tough to handicap how the process will play out, but noted that New Orleans, which is celebrating the city’s tricentennial in 2018, could put renewed energy behind a bid after losing out on hosting Super Bowl LII that year to Minneapolis.
The NCAA will tour venues this fall before announcing locations for the 2017-2020 hosts in November. St. Louis is unable to host the event in 2019. The Edward Jones Dome last hosted the Final Four in 2005.