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Tulsa to host Men's NCAA Tournament games in 2019

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The NCAA announced today that the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds will return to the BOK Center in 2019 with The University of Tulsa serving as the host school partnering with the Tulsa Sports Commission and SMG/BOK Center.

Nearly a month ago, Tulsa hosted first and second round games of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship at the BOK Center.

The 2019 tournament games in Tulsa are scheduled for March 22 and 24.

QUOTES:

Dr. Derrick Gragg | Vice President & Director of Athletics, University of Tulsa

“Today’s announcement of the NCAA Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2019 returning to the city of Tulsa and the BOK Center speaks volumes about the success of the recently completed tournament. We’re excited for the community and the revenue it produces for many businesses in the Tulsa area, and the ability it provides to showcase our city to the many visitors. It’s a pleasure to once again host this premier championship event with our great partners – the Tulsa Sports Commission, the City of Tulsa and SMG/BOK Center."

Vince Trinidad | Executive Director of the Tulsa Sports Commission, Tulsa Regional Chamber

"On behalf of the Tulsa Sports Commission, we could not be more pleased that the NCAA and the bid committee members trust our organization to host March Madness again in just two years. This is only the second time the NCAA has conducted a four-year bid cycle, and this announcement builds on Tulsa’s previous successes hosting NCAA Division I championships in golf, tennis, and basketball. We would like to thank our partners at SMG/BOK Center and the University of Tulsa for their vital support. We hope the community shares our pride in being a great sporting destination.”

Ray Hoyt | President of Tulsa Regional Tourism, Tulsa Regional Chamber

"Being awarded another NCAA Division I Championship round validates that Tulsa is more than just a city that hosts sporting events – we’re a destination for sport. Tulsa has successfully hosted several NCAA championships in the past, shining the national spotlight on all the reasons why our region attracts visitors from around the world. It’s a great day for Tulsa, and we’re proud of how the Tulsa Sports Commission’s efforts continue to impact the region."

Jeff Nickler | General Manager, BOK Center

“We're thrilled to once again welcome March Madness to the BOK Center. The energy downtown at this year’s tournament was palpable, and we aim to create another memorable experience for Tulsans and visiting fans in 2019."

Bob McGrew | Chair of Tulsa Regional Tourism, Tulsa Regional Chamber | President & CEO, T.D. Williamson, Inc.

“We are only four months into the year, and our efforts are driving Tulsa as a premier destination for sports and tourism. Clearly, the word is out about Tulsa, and we are so proud to build a NCAA Championship legacy here.”

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