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ST. LOUIS – The NCAA has named Saint Louis University as the host institution and the Edward Jones Dome as the site for a 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Regional. The three games will be played at the Edward Jones Dome Friday, March 23, and Sunday, March 25, 2012. The announcement marks the 15th occasion that the city of St. Louis has held either a men’s or women’s NCAA basketball tournament, including five Final Fours.
“The selection of Saint Louis University and the Edward Jones Dome as tournament hosts speaks to the confidence the NCAA has in the city to host first-class events,” Saint Louis University director of athletics Chris May said. “Saint Louis University recognizes the strong tradition of successful events hosted locally by the Missouri Valley Conference, the St. Louis Sports Commission and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, and SLU is pleased to lead this bid to showcase the city of St. Louis as one of the top sports cities in America. Saint Louis University is proud to partner with all members of the local community and welcomes this opportunity to conduct a first-class NCAA Tournament event in 2012.”
“St. Louis stands out as a host region for a number of reasons, including our overall hospitality package,” CVC president Kathleen “Kitty” Ratcliffe said. “In addition to the nearly 8,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the 67,000-seat Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis’ easily accessible public transportation system and abundance of entertainment and dining options make it an ideal location for NCAA basketball events. The cooperation of St. Louis City and St. Louis County officials helped create an attractive offer that made it easy for the NCAA to select our destination for the 2012 men’s basketball regional.”
In a partnership with the Missouri Valley Conference, Saint Louis University and the MVC has agreed to alternate as the host institution for NCAA tournaments held in St. Louis. In this bid cycle, the University will serve as the host.
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