For the third time in three years, the SWAC Basketball Tournament will be played in a new host city. The conference today announced that its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted to move the tournament to the Special Events Center in Garland, TX. The Dallas Metro area will host the SWAC through 2013. From the release:
“We look forward to working with the Special Events Center in Garland over the next three years to develop the SWAC Basketball Tournament into more than just a basketball tournament, but a total entertainment and destination event,” SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp said. “The league is thankful to the cities that submitted bids and optimistic about the growing relationship between the league office and the Special Events Center, the Garland Independent School District, the city of Garland, and surrounding cities.”
The SWAC said that it solicited proposals from more than 15 cities in its regional imprint across Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.