Q: Why was Minneapolis selected to host basketball tournaments in 2023 and 2024?
A: Minneapolis has an incredibly strong fan base for college hoops, especially women’s basketball, and will be a potent combination with the Big Ten Conference’s premier brand. It is a world-class city and has a strong, compelling basketball history and multiple championships on the hardwood. Additionally, Minneapolis has been home to some of the biggest icons in basketball, including Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, Kevin Garnett, and Flip Saunders. Minneapolis has hosted the biggest events in sports, including the Super Bowl, Men’s Final Four, and Women’s Final Four, and will continue to serve as a best-in-class host city in the future. Additionally, it has a strong WNBA following and showed keen interest to host the women’s tournaments.
The Iowegians are coming? Clark drove the viewership numbers on the Big Ten Network this year. Can she do the same for the WBB tourney in Minneapolis?