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    St. Louis woos NCAA for permanant wrestling home
    Associated Press
    Issue date: 3/26/08 Section: Sports
    ST. LOUIS - March Madness in St. Louis has taken on a whole new meaning in recent years - in wrestling, not basketball.

    Next year, the city will host its second-straight NCAA wrestling championship and fifth this decade. Now, the city wants to make the event its own.

    Wrestling goes head-to-head with the opening weekend of the men's basketball tournament, a no-doubt-about-it loser in the national picture, yet a clear success in its own right.

    Next summer, bids for the 2012-15 events will be accepted. St. Louis wants them all; it wants to become the college wrestling mecca.

    "Whatever term they're offering, we'll take them all," said Frank Viverito, the president of the St. Louis Sports Commission. "We'll shoot to set an attendance mark next year and ask the committee to make this an annual site."

    Coaches wouldn't mind that at all.

    "Why not just go five years in a row, and then if it doesn't work out, then you can get out of it," said Tom Brands of national champion Iowa. "I think it's a great facility, there's a lot of familiarity here, and I haven't heard one person say it's not good."



    Within the tiny universe of a niche sport dominated by the Big Ten, what used to be the Big Eight, and assorted invited guests, nearly all sporting cauliflower ears proudly as a badge of honor, there's a definite buzz in the city this time of the year. Last weekend would have been a slow time in the hotel business, given the Easter weekend, were it not for the sport's rabid following.


    Approximately 10,000 hotel rooms were booked during the tournament, an estimated 15,000 visitors flooded the downtown streets, and, organizers say, injected an economic impact of $10 million. Iowa's return to prominence with its first championship since 2000 couldn't compete on the national stage, easily trumped by basketball and its inordinate amount of attention to upsets and near upsets and the marquee names cruising through the opening weekend.

    Inside the Scottrade Center, the attention was glued to the mats.

    There's precedent for a permanent site. The College World Series is entrenched in Omaha, Neb., the Division I-AA football championship is in Chattanooga, Tenn., the softball title is decided in Oklahoma City.

    The wrestling championship was in Oklahoma City in 2006 and Detroit last year, and it will travel to Omaha and Philadelphia in 2010 and 2011. After that, the meet is up for grabs.

    Viverito said St. Louis' experience and success running the event make it the perfect choice, not to mention an ideal location in the middle of wrestling territory without any school claiming an advantage. The top three attendance figures in event history are all in St. Louis.

    "It's the absolute center of wresting interest and yet a neutral site," Viverito said. "And downtown is a perfect fit. It's all walkable, compact, and the people are comfortable here.

    "It's great business but it's gone beyond business. We love the event."
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    No argument here. STL is easy to get to, lots of hotels, bars and restaurants, and walkable. If we ever go to Detroit again, I'm boycotting!

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    I certainly hope that St. Louis does not become the permanent home of the NCAAs. While I like St. Louis, and think they certainly deserve to host the tournament from time to time, I hope it continues to rotate locations. This gives fans from all over a chance to see it. Or, if that is too random, then choose several locations that meet geographic demand and have the tournament rotate between them. Something like St. Louis, Detroit, Philadelphia, Iowa, Oklahoma, and maybe Denver or somewhere else farther west. Keeping it in one location is unfair to fans who live farther away.

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    No Detroit. Detroit Was Terrible.

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    I think St Louis is a great place to have it too. However, Greensboro NC (home of Super 32 Challenge & Southern Scuffle) is bidding and I'd love to have it down here again!
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    I would also boycott Detroit. St. Louis is a great spot for me but I can see all the arguements for other cities. Anybody have attendance from different cities?

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    Oklahoma City has the fourth best mark, and Kansas City was fifth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rxmpsu View Post
    While I like St. Louis, and think they certainly deserve to host the tournament from time to time, I hope it continues to rotate locations. This gives fans from all over a chance to see it. Or, if that is too random, then choose several locations that meet geographic demand and have the tournament rotate between them.
    I agree. While I really like St. Louis, I appreciate the fact that not everyone can afford to fly across the country or drive 18 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spider View Post
    I agree. While I really like St. Louis, I appreciate the fact that not everyone can afford to fly across the country or drive 18 hours.
    The afford to fly in thing is really why it should remain in a bigger city. When it was in OKC, flights were around $400 from Chicago, because their airport is so small that not that many flights go in there. If you need to take a puddle jumper to get there, then it shouldn't be an NCAA site.

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