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2018 March Madness Regional

Postby iamjacobm » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:33 am

Having trouble finding out for sure, but have seen a couple tweets saying that we are going to host a regional in 2018. That would be Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games rather than opening rounds.

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Postby iamjacobm » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:35 am

http://www.ksfy.com/home/headlines/Sioux-Falls-gets-shut-out-on-bid-to-host-NCAA-Tourney-games-282944441.html

Des Moines, Iowa won the right to host first and second round games in 2016, while Omaha will host one of the four Regional rounds in 2018.

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby iamjacobm » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:37 am

HUGE NEWS!!

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby Brad » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:39 am

Wow! That's Awesome!
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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby Brad » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:41 am

Creighton article on it:
http://www.gocreighton.com/ViewArticle. ... =209768640" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby Brad » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:42 am

This doesn't suck at all!

Omaha, Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta.
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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby iamjacobm » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:44 am

Brad wrote:This doesn't suck at all!

Omaha, Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta.


That's some company.

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:49 am

Wow, I wasn't expecting that. Going to get some even greater pub for the city.

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby Brad » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:58 am

skinzfan23 wrote:Wow, I wasn't expecting that.


Same here. I thought the sweet 16/elite 8 were all moved to dome stadiums.
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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:34 pm

It looks like they are maybe moving away from the dome stadiums hosting that round. I think that is good for basketball. The domes ruin the atmosphere.

The only things I like better in hosting the earlier rounds is 8 teams instead of just 4 and usually there are more upsets in the first rounds, which is more exciting to watch for the average fan. That sad, I am still super excited to have Omaha joining the "major" cities and hosting the regional.

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:36 pm

Brad wrote:
skinzfan23 wrote:Wow, I wasn't expecting that.


Same here.  I thought the sweet 16/elite 8 were all moved to dome stadiums.

"It is a tremendous coup for Omaha to get a Regional," said Rasmussen. "There are no Regionals in 2016, '17 and '18 that will be held in domes, so the basketball environment for the Regionals wil be tremendous."

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:47 pm

Hopefully the Shamrock Marriott will be up and running by then.

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Postby twiztid1 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:49 pm

The early rounds are always great to host, but this is a big upgrade for Omaha.

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby MadMartin8 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:30 pm

WOW This is HUGE news! Didn't see this coming. Figured we'd always be stuck with the first two rounds.




skinzfan23 wrote:Hopefully the Shamrock Marriott will be up and running by then.


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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:59 pm

Shatel: NCAA basketball regional finals may be Omaha's most elite event
“The committee is already impressed with what Omaha has done in the past, in 2008 and 2012,” Rasmussen said. “Great attendance, great facility, convenient to the airport, and the NCAA’s good relationship with Omaha, all played into it.”
Because the CenturyLink Center is Creighton’s home court, the Jays can’t be there. But Nebraska — and UNO — can. Tim Miles and Derrin Hansen, start recruiting for a Final Four run through Omaha in 2018.

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby Greg S » Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:42 am

skinzfan23 wrote:It looks like they are maybe moving away from the dome stadiums hosting that round. I think that is good for basketball. The domes ruin the atmosphere.

The only things I like better in hosting the earlier rounds is 8 teams instead of just 4 and usually there are more upsets in the first rounds, which is more exciting to watch for the average fan.  That sad, I am still super excited to have Omaha joining the "major" cities and hosting the regional.



I agree. There definitely seems to be a retreat from domes. Better atmosphere in arenas plus I think ticket demand in a dome is a concern.

Great prestige with this but again I agree it's a little bit of a bummer only getting 4 teams for this vs 8 for the earlier round games.

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby skinzfan23 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:08 am

'A huge win for Omaha': Choice of city to host 2018 NCAA men's basketball regional propels us toward 'big leagues'

OWH wrote:From 2009 to 2018, more than 20 cities will have hosted regional championships in the Division I men’s basketball tournament. Omaha, with a metropolitan-area population of 865,000, is the second smallest. It’s larger only than Syracuse, New York, home of Syracuse University basketball and the 49,000-seat Carrier Dome.

The NCAA announced sites Monday for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 tournaments. Des Moines was selected for early-round games in 2016. Lincoln did not bid to host games.

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby iamjacobm » Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:51 pm

Might be less game but I is a lot more eyes on each game. I genuinely didn't even think a regional was on the table. Now let's add a B1G basketball tourney and finish out the decade strong.

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby skinzfan23 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:11 pm

Also from that article:
The regional semifinals and final involve only three games, fewer than the earlier rounds that Omaha has held before. But they draw many more TV viewers. In 2014, Sweet 16 game viewership ranged from 3 million to 10 million. And 7.2 million to almost 15 million viewers watched Elite Eight games.
On March 23 and 25, 2018, only one other city will be hosting March Madness games on the same day as Omaha.
“If it hits about 7 to 8 million viewers, then we are in the big leagues,” Adidam said.


That is a ton of eyes on Omaha. I just wish they would show some more outside shots or aerial footage similar to Monday Night Football.

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby Brad » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:13 pm

Not to mention that even when they are covering the first and second round they will still be referring to the games as the "Omaha Regional"
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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby skinzfan23 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:52 pm

Brad wrote:Not to mention that even when they are covering the first and second round they will still be referring to the games as the "Omaha Regional"

I didn't even think of that. Every little mention is worth it.

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby NovakOmaha » Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:58 pm

For those who are 750 miles away is there any news of the Marriot and the rest of that development? It would show better than a parking lot for the NCAAs.

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Postby twiztid1 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:59 pm

The regional will be much bigger for TV. The NCAA likes all their sites to look the same so exposure gets watered down in the early rounds when several games are played at the same time. Omaha will get a lot more eyes in 2018.

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby Brad » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:37 am

Speaking of 2018 March Madness...

NCAA March Madness on Twitter wrote:Creighton's Bruce Rasmussen named vice chair of DI Men's Basketball Committee: http://on.ncaa.com/29GYj8r


Rob Anderson on Twitter @_robanderson wrote:If you don't understand now how prestigious Bruce Rasmussen's job as chairman is, you will in 2018 when he hands out championship trophy.
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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby Coyote » Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:47 pm

Huge news, big props for CU also!
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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:27 am

Shatel: As Omaha prepares to host 2018 NCAA regional final, it can learn from an old hand, Kansas City

Absolutely. We’ve had three “first weekend” NCAA tournaments. And those are great fun. You get underdogs, no names, long shots, upsets, four games in one day, all the stuff that makes the NCAA tournament stranger than fiction.

But the regional final is a different level.

Different intensity. Different nerves. Different noises.

In some ways, a regional final is better than a Final Four. Because it’s like an old-school Final Four, played in a basketball arena.

Where fans can see. Where fans can be heard.

The way college basketball was meant to be seen and heard.

You’re in for a treat, Omaha. And you’ve earned it.

Omaha. Boston. Atlanta. Los Angeles.

Three NBA arenas. And the home of the Creighton Bluejays.



Glad to hear they are already actively seeking to host in future years as well:

Now here we are, a year from the event, and Rasmussen is already talking about the next one. The committee will vote in April on sites from 2019-22.

“We (Creighton/Omaha) have bid for the first weekends and regionals in 2019-22,” Rasmussen said. “Typically, they won’t give a city a second regional until they have hosted one, so I would be a little surprised if we get a regional from 2019-22 because we haven’t hosted yet.

“I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we get one the next cycle after that.

“I’ll be real surprised if we don’t get a first-weekend regional (for 2019-22).”

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby bmt » Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:52 pm

During the broadcast of the Oregon-Michigan game in KC last night I saw Bruce Rasmussen in the 1st or 2nd row. Not sure if he was scoping out ideas for next year's regional or cheering on an old friend. Probably both. It should be a good experience next year, and I would bet that if KU gets a #1 seed next year they will be put in the Omaha regional. I wonder how far along they will be on Capitol District by then.

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby Greg S » Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:48 am

That's a good point, I had assumed the Capital District would be open by then. Is that correct?

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Postby skinzfan23 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:27 am

Greg S wrote:That's a good point, I had assumed the Capital District would be open by then. Is that correct?

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Well the Marriott and the apts should easily be open (they are scheduled to be open by August 2017). The outdoor ice skating area is supposed to be completed by this fall/winter. As for the office buildings of the complex, who knows.

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Re: 2018 March Madness Regional

Postby Linkin5 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:04 pm

skinzfan23 wrote:
Greg S wrote:That's a good point, I had assumed the Capital District would be open by then. Is that correct?

Greg

Well the Marriott and the apts should easily be open (they are scheduled to be open by August 2017). The outdoor ice skating area is supposed to be completed by this fall/winter. As for the office buildings of the complex, who knows.


Will be interesting how they plan construction around the plaza and surrounding area.


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