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With regard to Chicago, there are no hotels near the United Center, so everyone would have to taxi or take the train from downtown - not ideal. I believe that would be the case for Allstate Arena as well.

 

I don't know what the selection criteria are, but if walkability to nearby hotels is an important factor, than that would eliminate Chicago. 

Everyone had to drive into the arena when it was in Detroit. Walkability is a factor in fans liking the event, but is not a big reason for a city to not host it.

 

The biggest factor is a city and school willing to host the event.

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There is a big difference in Detroit and the burbs.  Unfortunately, like STL,  the major stadiums are in downtown Detroit, which is less than nice.  STL has a much better downtown for tourists.  

 

Ann Arbor is about 45 minutes from the Detroit Metro Airport and would be a great place to hold the NCAAs, but I am not certain on the number of hotels or the ability to handle the crowd, esp during the school year. 

Not for sure what you are talking about. Downtown Detroit and Midtown are thriving. That is the one area of the city that has really bounced back.

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Going back to what I posted previously, if it can work for hockey and basketball, why can't it work for wrestling? 

 

Because wrestling fans are smarter than bb & hockey fans? And maybe they like to get outside between sessions, go for a walk, grab some food beer outdoor bar/grill?

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Because wrestling fans are smarter than bb & hockey fans? And maybe they like to get outside between sessions, go for a walk, grab some food beer outdoor bar/grill?

 

 

Unless you're from the upper Midwest, no one goes to an outdoor bar & grill in Chicago in March.

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NC may not work out because of NCAA restrictions due to HB2. Phoenix or Las Vegas would be a nice change of scenery, but basketball has a grip on the premiere venues for both cities for MM and the Pac-12 men's tournament. Altlanta, Austin (sxsw, tho), San Diego, all the warm weather locales would all be a real treat for fans coming from cold areas if it could ever happen. Plus it might be easier for the wrestlers to make weight - just throw on a hoodie and go outside! ;)

 

Last year, there was some buzz about pushing wrestling season back by a month to minimize the overlap with football and basketball. Whatever happened with that? Seems like it would do the sport a real favor with post-season scheduling.

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Not for sure what poll you are consulting, but I would venture to say it did not poll people who have actually been to Detroit. I noticed that you didn't mention the New York Times piece that listed Detroit as #9 on the places to travel to in 2017 or that they are also opening a new street car system downtown this spring. Most people's perceptions of the city are based on what they thing it will be like rather than experience.

 

  I worked in Detroit for over a year.  

 

  It is a dangerous pit, IMO. My concierge recommended I stay in the hotel complex - he was right.  Lots of bodies wash up behind the Marriott on the river. From my room you can see urban blight in every direction.  On the way to the 2 stadiums, panhandlers harass you on the way in and threaten you on the way out.  The casino is God-forsaken.   No good food options, no Motown music, and horrible weather in March.  

 

  Other than that, a great place to raise a family.  The Detroiter bar, Detroit Beer Company, Grand Trunk (Funk), and the pubs at Comerica are good places to drink.  There is a very tasty Cuban restaurant in town.  Comerica is a beautiful ball park.  

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Not for sure what you are talking about. Downtown Detroit and Midtown are thriving. That is the one area of the city that has really bounced back.

 

It has been a few years since I spent much time in DTW,  so maybe it has bounced back better than I imagined.  

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Everyone had to drive into the arena when it was in Detroit. Walkability is a factor in fans liking the event, but is not a big reason for a city to not host it.

 

The biggest factor is a city and school willing to host the event.

It was in Auburn Hills, which is definitely not Detroit.

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What about Indianapolis?...home of the NCAA headquarters...growing city also just stay away from the east side. Downtown indy is always a blast with tons of stuff to do withing walking distance. And not on top 30 crime list.

 

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I'm in for that, since it is close to me. Plenty of downtown hotels and restaurants within walking distance. Enough taxi and uber options if you want to venture a little father out. Edited by MadMardigain

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What about Indianapolis?...home of the NCAA headquarters...growing city also just stay away from the east side. Downtown indy is always a blast with tons of stuff to do withing walking distance. And not on top 30 crime list.

 

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They should have it with close proximity to a major airport.  IND can be reached from Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, and a few more.  Choosing something with country wide service would make it easier for people to attend. 

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Hearing mid-April. 

Just bringing back what Jason said. I suppose it is far from certain, but... April can be nice everywhere. (well, not on K2)

 

 Weekend after BB, or the next, or the next?  

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What about Indianapolis?...home of the NCAA headquarters...growing city also just stay away from the east side. Downtown indy is always a blast with tons of stuff to do withing walking distance. And not on top 30 crime list.

 

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Should have thrown this on my list as well. I don't think people realize how nice Indy is. There's a lot to do there and it's definitely easy to get to for most of wrestling country 

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Chicago like Cleveland is a lousy place to be in March.

Why limit it to March?

 

Then again, why not Fargo, North Dakota? It is West of the Mississippi river and North of the Missouri. Waters in the rivers flow into Hudson's Bay in Canada.

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