Quad Cities Will Host National Tournament
July 17, 2014
Thousands of college basketball fans will descend on the Quad Cities thanks to a new agreement. The Missouri Valley Conference announced today it will host its 2016 women's basketball tournament at the iWireless Center in Moline. MVC spokeswoman, Leanna Bordner, recommended the Quad Cities after visiting in May. She says the arena at the iWireless Center is the perfect size, and the hotels and restaurants will accommodate fans.
"We feel like this community, these communities, this area is what we call in athletics, 'All in.' Everybody was all in when we made our visit, and we have no reason to believe that everybody is not all in right now and will not be when we show up here for our first championship."
The agreement will last three years, beginning in 2016, with the possibility of an extension. The MVC Committee also considered bids from Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and St. Charles, Missouri. This weekend, the Quad Cities will welcome another national event, the International Hot Rod Association's Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series. It'll be held at Cordova Drag Way Park.
Scott Gardner, Dragway Park president, says it's been 12 years since there was a national event like this in the Quad Cities. And it's great for the economy.
"People stay in the hotels, they eat at the restaurants, they go and do things, they see things, the families go to the shopping areas, so it brings a lot to our area and it puts us on the map of being something special in the Midwest."
The competition will feature the world's top drag racers in several categories Friday and Saturday.
(Photo: Leanna Bordner, Deputy Athletics Director, Illinois State University and MVC Women's Basketball Liaison.)