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SDSU One of Five Finalists for Future MWC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships

Cox Arena is one of five sites that will be considered for the 2011-13 MWC Championships.
Cox Arena is one of five sites that will be considered for the 2011-13 MWC Championships.

Oct. 22, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West Conference future basketball championships site subcommittee announced Wednesday that San Diego State's Cox Arena is one of five finalists to play host to the 2011-13 MWC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. In addition to San Diego, Albuquerque, Denver, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City are also under consideration.

"The Mountain West Conference Basketball Championships is a signature event that highlights our student-athletes," said Craig Thompson, MWC Commissioner. "We are pleased with all of the cities that showed interest in this event and the subcommittee is eager to begin reviewing the proposals from each finalist and move forward in the selection process."

In the nine-year history of the league, Las Vegas (1999-2003, 2007-08) and Denver (2004-06) have played host to the championships, with Las Vegas serving as the host city for the next two seasons. The five finalists will be moved forward in the Request for Proposal (RFP) process with an expected awarding of the future site to take place in June 2009.

Sixteen cities, featuring twenty-seven different facilities, received the initial RFP on July 15, 2008. Final proposals and bid specs will be due in February 2009. After a thorough analysis and breakdown of each proposal, the Mountain West Conference subcommittee will convene to review the proposals and make a recommendation for the MWC Joint Council to review during its meeting in Phoenix in May 2009. The Joint Council decision will be forwarded to the Mountain West Conference Board of Directors for final approval during its June 2009 meeting. It is anticipated an announcement will be made at the completion of the Board of Directors meetings.

In its history, Cox Arena has played host to numerous postseason events, including the 2001 and 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Division I Championship (first and second rounds) and the 2001 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball National Championship. Additionally, SDSU and Cox Arena will play host to the 2009 Women's Basketball Division I Championship (first and second rounds) this March.

The finalist cities named and potential host facilities are:

City, State	        Facility
San Diego, Calif.	Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl
Albuquerque, N.M.	The Pit
Denver, Colo.	        Pepsi Center
Las Vegas, Nev.	        Thomas & Mack Center
Salt Lake City, Utah	Energy Solutions Arena or E Center