Post by bayballer on Mar 5, 2018 16:08:28 GMT -6
1. That arena is apparently really nice. The reviews coming from those in Detroit are stellar. The league seems lucky to play in such a venue.
2. For those thinking that Olympia/LCA want the Big Ten Tournament you are probably right. However, it is rotating between Chicago and Indy for the next 4 years. So I can't see Motor City Madness going away because LCA has a better option for 2019. It might go away because of other reasons.
3. The same fans that want this moved to Indy are missing that Indy has the Big Ten tournament in 2 of the next 4 years. It can't be played at the State Fair grounds...why should IUPUI get an advantage. Plus that sight isn't part of the scene, there is nothing else to do around the Indy State Fair. At least in Detroit the arena is in a busy spot.
I think it'll be really interesting to see what happens when this 5 year deal is up in 2020. I think the days of having the top seed host the tournament are gone, so as long as there aren't financial issues, I can't see the Horizon League wanting to leave Detroit. It would definitely be a bummer if the Big 10 swipes this venue from the Horizon League though.
The big problem for the Horizon League is that they don't really have a better venue to use. Like you mentioned, Indy is the most ideal option, but the Bankers Life Fieldhouse is already used by the Big 10 and there aren't any other nice arena's in Indy. Chicago is probably the best city to host as it is the most attractive "tourist" wise, but they don't really have the best arena situation either. The United Center is already used by the Big 10 (and it's probably to expensive for the Horizon League anyway), they have the Allstate Arena which DePaul played at until this season and Northwestern used it this year during their renovations (kind of old but still a decent arena). Another venue in Chicago is the Sears Center Arena which is where the Windy City bulls play (nice arena and not as big as an NBA arena which is good). The issue with those two options is that they are both about 30 miles outside the city, taking some of the specialty away from playing in Chicago. Honestly, I wouldn't be against the UIC pavilion hosting the tourney. Decent (but old) arena in the heart of downtown Chicago.
Other than Chicago, what other cities could host the tournament? Maybe Milwaukee can have it in the new Bucks arena, it's pretty far away from most of the schools though. Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena is already being used by the MAC so that's not an option. All in all, I think having the tourney in Detroit is probably what's best. Its a really cool experience for the players/coaches and provides a great place to watch the games for fans, and the Motor City Madness branding is pretty cool. It's not the most centrally located city, but there are worse places it could be. Just wonder if they can keep hosting it there past 2020.