LAS VEGAS—Boyd Gaming and The West Coast Conference (WCC) today announced a contract extension that will keep the WCC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships at Orleans Arena through 2022, continuing a relationship that began in 2009.
“Our goal as a conference is to put on a world-class conference championship, both in terms of competitive play and fan experience,” said WCC Commissioner Gloria Nevarez. “The combination of outstanding venue and elite basketball have led to an annual sold out event. The Orleans and Boyd Gaming have proven to be excellent partners for over a decade, and we are excited to extend this valuable partnership.”
“Over the last decade we have had the privilege of hosting one of the most exciting college basketball tournaments in the nation,” said Orleans Arena Executive Director Rex Berman. “We look forward to continuing our outstanding relationship with the WCC, its players, coaches, and fans for the foreseeable future. This event is the perfect fit for not only our world class arena, but also all the amenities our hotel and casino have to offer.”
The West Coast Conference was the first conference to bring a neutral site tournament to Las Vegas. The WAC and Pac-12 soon followed suit (the Mountain West Conference holds its tournament in Las Vegas as well, on a member school’s campus). The WCC tournament has been sold out each year and features 18 nationally televised games – nine men’s and nine women’s. The respective champions each receive an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
More than just basketball games, the week-long celebration of the West Coast Conference features the annual induction of a new class into the WCC Hall of Honor as well as the popular Kids Day community service initiative, benefitting more than 700 Las Vegas youth from the After-School All-Stars program.
In related news, the West Coast Conference announced in January that Los Angeles-based University Credit Union (UCU) will be title sponsor of the Conference’s men’s and women’s basketball championships beginning in 2019. The long-term agreement marks the largest sponsorship agreement in WCC history.
About Orleans Arena
The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation’s leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment facilities and the 2014 recipient of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers. In addition, the Orleans Arena is one of only a handful of arenas in the United States to achieve LEED Gold Certification and is part of the largest company in Nevada to achieve SHARP Certification for commitments to safe venue operations. According to Venues Today magazine, the Orleans Arena, which hosts more than 200 events each year, consistently ranks in the Top 10 for ticket sales in the United States and internationally among venues of similar size. These events include nationally touring concerts, NCAA basketball conference tournaments, family shows, motorsports and other unique events. For more information, call 702-365-7469 or visit www.OrleansArena.com. Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook and on Twitter. The Orleans Arena is a property of Boyd Gaming. Founded in 1975, Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) is a leading geographically diversified operator of 29 gaming entertainment properties in 10 states. With one of the most experienced leadership teams in the casino industry, Boyd Gaming prides itself on offering its guests an outstanding entertainment experience, delivered with unwavering attention to customer service. For additional Company information and press releases, visit www.boydgaming.com.
About the West Coast Conference
The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 15 conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, women’s beach volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics. For more information, visit WCCsports.com and follow the West Coast Conference on Twitter @WCCsports.