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Another Home For The MEAC
Mayor Allen Jones of the City of Winston-Salem, MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas and Bob McCoy from Visit Winston-Salem made the official announcement during a press conference held in the main lobby of the Coliseum.
“We are extremely excited that the basketball tournament is coming to a progressive city such as Winston-Salem,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas.
“We look forward to growing the tournament here and know that this City of Winston-Salem’s great infrastructure, its citizens, hotels and arena will prove to be a win-win for both sides.”
The City of Winston-Salem will host the men and women’s Division I Basketball Tournament for the next three consecutive years. Tickets for the 2009 tournament will go on sale at a later date.
“We feel that the MEAC Basketball Tournament will be a tremendous success and are committed 100-percent to its growth,” said Mayor Jones. “The MEAC Basketball Tournament and the City of Winston-Salem are moving together in the right direction.”
“We know that what’s great for the Tournament is great for the city of Winston-Salem.”
“A lot of hard work has gone into the bid for the tournament and we are pleased with this unique partnership,” said Bob McCoy. “We are eager with the potential economic growth of the MEAC Tournament and will work jointly to make this tournament be the best it can be.”
The move to Winston-Salem marks the third different host city in the new millenium. The tournament had a five-year run in Richmond, Va. and then went to Raleigh for the last three years.
This will be the second time that Winston-Salem has played host to the MEAC. The tournament had a three-year run from 1980-82.