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Madison Square Garden Wants the NCAA Tournament to Return

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by Deb, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. Deb

    Deb BoltTalker

    Jul 10, 2007
    Madison Square Garden Wants the NCAA Tournament to Return

    Posted Jun 11th 2008 2:07AM by Sportz Assassin
    Filed under: March Madness, NCAA Basketball Fans, NCAA Basketball Rumors, New York


    When you think of basketball venues nowadays, Madison Square Garden doesn't top the list as it used to. That's a shame because it truly was the Mecca of hoops in this country and it wouldn't be a bad thing if it could return to form.

    Due to a massive upcoming renovation, MSG could become the center of the basketball world once again. Well, maybe not the center -- but in the neighborhood. MSG is hoping that the upgrade will allow them to get back in the NCAA Tournament picture.

    The World's Most Famous Arena last hosted an NCAA tournament game back in 1961. It has hosted seven Final Fours and has hosted NCAA Tournament games in 17 seasons.

    Sure, the N.I.T. holds its title there, the Big East Tournament is held there ... and there are many tournaments and neutral site games held there during the season. However, nothing in college hoops is bigger than The Big Dance and MSG has been left out for a long, long time.

    The renovations are said to be done by 2011 ... giving them a timetable to make a run for a site in the 2012 tournament. Right now, the tournament committee is thinking about future sites to hold the tournament. Obviously, having the NCAA Tournament in New York City, the largest market and basketball capital, would make March Madness even more ... maddening.

    Now, getting the Final Four is out of reach (the NCAA has a domes-only policy now), but getting the East Regional semi-finals and finals isn't out of the question. The NCAA loves placing it in East Rutherford's IZOD Center, so moving it across the river would be outstanding.
  2. TrojanHorse

    TrojanHorse BoltTalker

    Jun 1, 2008
    If I hosted the Knicks, I'd wanna improve the atmosphere with college teams too.

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