Boys tournament remains in Madison
At a meeting in Stevens Point, the board decided to move the girls tournament to the Resch Center for the next two years and keep the boys tournament in Madison through 2020.
The WIAA had been considering the move because the Kohl Center in Madison may have scheduling conflicts with Big Ten hockey. One weekend—the second in March—is available, so the boys tournament remains at the Kohl Center. The girls tournament was moved to the third week of March to the Resch Center.
UW officials praised the decision to keep the boys tournament in Madison.
“This is great news not only for the university and the city of Madison, but for all the people who look forward to coming to our city every year,” UW Vice Chancellor for Administration Darrell Bazzell said in a news release. “It’s tremendous for the local economy and a chance for people to familiarize themselves with the university. We all take great pride in the tradition and are hopeful that girls basketball will return to Madison.”
The WIAA said no determination will be made on the location of the girls tournament beyond 2014 “until the opportunity to experience the tournament at the Resch Center can be evaluated.”
The boys tournament has been held in Madison for 92 of its 93 years. The girls tournament had been in Madison since it began in 1976.
UW athletics director Barry Alvarez said officials were “thrilled” the boys tourney will stay in Madison.
“People have made the tournaments an annual tradition in Madison, and we’re happy that our friends from around the state will continue enjoying coming to the state capital to watch some of our state’s most talented atletes in person,” Alvarez said in the news release.
The March tournaments have an estimated economic impact of more than $9 million. In 2012, more than 76,000 people attended the boys tournament and more than 31,000 attended the girls tournament.
In other action, the board:
n Approved the move to the state girls golf championship this fall to be played at Cherokee Country Club in Madison if renovations to the course at University Ridge are not completed. The state meet has been held at University Ridge since 1994.