The Pit Among Five Finalists for Future Men's and Women's Basketball Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/22/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 22, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- The Mountain West Conference future basketball championships site subcommittee has announced finalist cities to host the 2011-13 Mountain West Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. The five finalists are Albuquerque, Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and San Diego. These cities 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. Denver (2004-06) and Las Vegas (1999-2003, 2008-10) have previously hosted the MWC Basketball Championships.

"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."

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.

The finalist cities named and potential host facilities are:
Albuquerque, New Mexico - The Pit
Denver, Colorado - Pepsi Center
Las Vegas, Nevada - Thomas & Mack Center
Salt Lake City, Utah - Energy Solutions Arena or E Center
San Diego, California - Cox Arena