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I must say Auburn Hills was by far the best location and it isn't even close. The fact that I live roughly 12 minutes away has absolutely no bearing in my assessment.

 

Forget about the new Little Caesars arena. If you want to show off the true beauty of the mitten the place for the NCAAs is that gem in Pontiac, MI!

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If NC didn't shoot themselves in the foot with HB2 then Raleigh would be an excellent location.

 

Agree that OKC crapped the bed when it came to the city being prepared for the between session crowds. Otherwise, wasn't horrible but enjoyed it more in St. Louis.

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My obviously biased opinion is KC would be awesome. They did a good job in 2003 at Kemper Arena, unfortunately the location itself is a wasteland. The new Sprint Center is literally right off the interstate and is surrounded by the Power & Light entertainment district, tons of bars, restaurants, and cheap parking. It's also just down the street from Municipal Auditorium and the KC Convention Center, which would be excellent FanFest sites. The airport is also only about 15 min. away. Went to the Big 12's there last year, and everything was just about perfect.

This arena + P&L would be a great venue combo. However, the lack of hotel space downtown, public transpo and daytime parking (on Thurs/Fri) would be disastrous.

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I would really like to see Atlanta host.  It is a easy city to fly to from most places in the country and the downtown is friendly for tourist.  It is the capital of the south an would be great to have a big wrestling presence there.

 

It is a destination that the whole family will enjoy traveling to, even if some people won't be taking in wrestling.  All within walking distance of Phillips arena (home of the NBA and NHL) is the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coke, the Civil Rights Museum, College football Hall of Fame, CNN Center, Olympic Centennial Park, and the Varsity.

 

Not to mention being in a warmer climate.  

 

Another place which I think would be a fan favorite (for many of the same reasons) would be Washington, DC.

 

I like St Louis, but I like variety.  It is nice to see some other cities as well and I think it is great when we take the event to different regions of the country so the local wrestling fans can attend the event for the first time ever.

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I like the ATL idea but only if it could somehow greatly improve the odds of a local school starting a D1 program.

 

This event brings in good money to the local area. I'd like folks that actually have a D1 program in the vicinity in the state to get the benefit.

 

MSG was great, Philly was great. OKC was good. Looking forward to experiencing it in St. Louis ....

 

I will say, flights were more expensive than I expected.

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I like the ATL idea but only if it could somehow greatly improve the odds of a local school starting a D1 program.

 

This event brings in good money to the local area. I'd like folks that actually have a D1 program in the vicinity in the state to get the benefit.

 

MSG was great, Philly was great. OKC was good. Looking forward to experiencing it in St. Louis ....

 

I will say, flights were more expensive than I expected.

 

UTC, the host school, would benefit, as would the wrestling community in the south.  If we are interested in 'growing the pie' the Atlanta makes a lot of sense.

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Here's a pipe dream ... MIAMI!

 

I was down there last year in February and it was 80 and awesome. It would suck for the driving population, but the airport is good and the amount of stuff ton do between sessions near the arenas are solid. Oh, The Clevelander in South Beach.

 

Yes, this place would rock, but they'd never bid and closest D1 is The Citadel.

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Here's a pipe dream ... MIAMI!

 

I was down there last year in February and it was 80 and awesome. It would suck for the driving population, but the airport is good and the amount of stuff ton do between sessions near the arenas are solid. Oh, The Clevelander in South Beach.

 

Yes, this place would rock, but they'd never bid and closest D1 is The Citadel.

 

Conferences can host independent of schools and the University of Miami is in the ACC...

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Over the last 40 years, the NCAA tournament has been hosted west of Oklahoma exactly 1 time.  Now I'm not saying that it should be in the west every 10 years or even every 15 years ... but it doesn't seem like too much to ask to throw a bone to the west once every 20 years or so.  We like wrestling too and Phoenix/Tempe is pretty good this time of year.

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Over the last 40 years, the NCAA tournament has been hosted west of Oklahoma exactly 1 time. Now I'm not saying that it should be in the west every 10 years or even every 15 years ... but it doesn't seem like too much to ask to throw a bone to the west once every 20 years or so. We like wrestling too and Phoenix/Tempe is pretty good this time of year.

Fine by me. Just don't host it in Bakersfield or Fresno!

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Dallas and Atlanta are cities, not states. 

 

saw the UWW World Cup at the Forum and I enjoyed it very much. it's close to LAX, also beaches, warm weather, plenty of tourist attractions, hotels etc. I could think of some worse places to be. but that's just me. 

 

I think San Diego would be a better city to host the NCAA imho.  Airport is about a 15 min drive, there are hotels everywhere, weather is perfect all year, Seaworld is across the street, the beaches and Stone Brewing. Maybe Cal Baptist can be the host when they become D1.

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I think San Diego would be a better city to host the NCAA imho.  Airport is about a 15 min drive, there are hotels everywhere, weather is perfect all year, Seaworld is across the street, the beaches and Stone Brewing. Maybe Cal Baptist can be the host when they become D1.

yeah I think San Diego would be better than LA too. except for a suitable arena, do they have one? also that tiny airport is pretty skimpy on flights. but anyway, the point was there are worse places for the tournament than LA. 

 

If I could pick any place in the country, regardless of logistics, I'd be in New Orleans every year. 

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yeah I think San Diego would be better than LA too. except for a suitable arena, do they have one? also that tiny airport is pretty skimpy on flights. but anyway, the point was there are worse places for the tournament than LA. 

 

If I could pick any place in the country, regardless of logistics, I'd be in New Orleans every year. 

 

 

The only facility in San Diego that might suffice is the Valley View Casino Center, which only houses about 16,000.

 

The two Los Angeles area arenas best suited would be the Honda Center in Anaheim (capacity 18.336) and the Staples Center in downtown LA (capacity 21,000).

 

The Honda Center is across from a transportation center, and has lots of restaurants and hotels nearby, although the best ones are a few miles down Katella Avenue near Disneyland (would need to take a bus ride).

 

The Staples Center is in the heart of LA, which also has plenty of nearby accomodations, although the downtown area's traffic congestion is horrible.

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The only facility in San Diego that might suffice is the Valley View Casino Center, which only houses about 16,000.

Sports Arena in San Diego is a relic. With the Chargers move to LA there is talk of building a new moden arena in the Gaslamp District for an NBA or NHL team. If that happens San Diego would be a great host city. Palomar Community College could sponsor it.

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Over the last 40 years, the NCAA tournament has been hosted west of Oklahoma exactly 1 time.  Now I'm not saying that it should be in the west every 10 years or even every 15 years ... but it doesn't seem like too much to ask to throw a bone to the west once every 20 years or so.  We like wrestling too and Phoenix/Tempe is pretty good this time of year.

 

Would love to attend the tournament out west!

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