Tulsa selected to host March Madness in 2019
Tulsa selected to host March Madness in 2019With the NCAA's announcement that Tulsa will again host the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, please see the following quotes from Chamber staff and community partners.
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 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."
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 proud to be building an NCAA championship legacy here."
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 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."
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."
About the Tulsa Regional Chamber
Established in 1903, the Tulsa Regional Chamber's mission is to serve as the principal business-driven leadership organization improving the quality of community life through the development of regional economic prosperity. The Chamber represents nearly 2,200 member organizations and approximately 175,000 area employees, utilizing nearly 4,000 volunteers to accomplish its programs and services.
The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) named the Tulsa Regional Chamber the nation's best Chamber in 2006, 2008 and 2010. In 2013, the Chamber received the Oklahoma Quality Foundation's Quality Award for Commitment, and the Quality Award for Excellence in 2015. Additionally, the Chamber holds three prestigious accreditations: five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; accredited economic development organization through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC); and accredited destination marketing organization through the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).
About the Tulsa Sports Commission
In 1993, the Tulsa Sports Commission (TSC) was created to attract and develop amateur sporting events and conventions for economic impact on the Tulsa community. Since its inception, the TSC has accounted for more than $300 million in economic impact to the Tulsa region by helping attract, market and host amateur championships and sports-related events and conventions to the region. The TSC is a founding member of the National Association of Sports Commissions.