Expect the West Coast Conference to return to Las Vegas for College Hoops tournament action

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By Alan Snel of LVSportsBiz.com

They seem to fit in well at Orleans Arena each March, so it looks like the good old West Coast conference (the one with Gonzaga) will be returning to Las Vegas for at least another three years.

The WCC has already started play this week at Orleans Arena, where minor league hockey team Henderson Silver Knights’ ice surface sits under the hardwood where teams like BYU, San Francisco and Central varsity roundball Gonzaga play in one of five postseason college basketball games. league tournaments in the Las Vegas market this month.

LVSportsBiz.com spoke with WCC Commissioner Gloria Nevarez on Saturday night for an update on the future of the conference in Las Vegas.

The WCC is in the final year of a three-year deal to host its hoops tournament at Orleans Arena and it’s clear the league and Las Vegas are a good match for the basketball tournament. So expect the WCC to return to Vegas for another three years and for Las Vegas tourism officials to approve sponsorship of $300,000 for the West Coast Conference.

Las Vegas Events, the nonprofit arm of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), also sponsors the Mountain West Tournament at Thomas & Mack Center for $300,000 and the Pac-12 at T-Mobile Arena for $500,000. $.

Nevarez said Las Vegas is a good geographic hub for the WCC and provides a strong, neutral field location.

She also thinks Gonzaga, St. Mary’s and San Francisco will get offers for The Big Dance, the NCAA’s national college basketball tournament. And she noted that BYU has a crack too.

But that was before San Francisco beat BYU, 75-63, tonight.

LVSportsBiz.com will return to the WCC tournament on Monday when Gonzaga and his legion of fans fill the Orleans Arena.

On Sunday, look for our NASCAR coverage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Vegas Golden Knights in action at T-Mobile Arena.


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