Tuesday, September 22, 2009

11 SMG Facilities to Host NCAA Division I Tournament Games and Final Four for 2010 - 2012.

SMG is proud to announce that the NCAA has granted Division I Tournament games for 2011 and 2012 to six additional SMG-managed venues, including both Final Four rounds to be held at Reliant Park in Texas and the Louisiana Superdome, respectively. These, when added to the SMG-managed facilities already hosting Tournament games for 2010, brings the total of host facilities managed by SMG to 11. We’d like to offer our well-earned congratulations to those facilities and their staffs and thank them for all the hard work, which allowed such an honor.

The breakdown of SMG-Managed Facilities hosting the tournament, tournament round and year are as follows:

• Dunkin Donuts Arena (Providence, RI) – 1st/2nd Rounds
• New Orleans Arena (New Orleans, LA) – 1st/2nd Rounds
• Ford Center (Oklahoma City, OK) – 1st/2nd Rounds
• Jacksonville Arena (Jacksonville, FL) – 1st/2nd Rounds
• Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX) – Regionals

• BOK Center (Tulsa, OK) – 1st/2nd Rounds
• New Orleans Arena (New Orleans, LA) – Regionals
• Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX) – Final 4

• Consol Energy Center (Pittsburgh, PA) - 1st/2nd Rounds
• Nationwide Arena (Columbus, OH) - 1st/2nd Rounds
• Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA) – Final 4

“Being granted these tournament games is a great accomplishment for all of us at SMG,” said Wes Westley, President and CEO of SMG. “Our goal in every venue we manage has always been to bring in top-notch events, whether it’s concerts, conventions, or sporting events. These tournament games are a tribute not only to the venues and the people who run them, but also to the communities where they reside, and will provide a substantial economic boost and raise the national profile of each locale. We’re very proud.”