Lynn Hickey on NCAA Championships in SA
"I can't say enough about how hard our staff worked. It's pretty unbelievable. We had people here the first night that were setting up here that had two hours of sleep and then came back and worked another full 15 hours." What did you think about the games?
"We had some great teams here and some great games. We didn't sell all of the tickets we wanted to but the building really looked good. It looked packed at the games. So how we looked on TV was very positive. " How was it different having the event at the AT&T Center vs the Alamodome where prior events were held?
"It was great working with the Spurs. It's a beautiful building. For a first-time collaboration, I thought it went really well. There is more back of the house space at the Alamodome. So some of the things we needed to do may have been simpler at the Alamodome because of that. But I can't say enough about the Spurs staff, they've been great. They were very calm. This was their first experience with the NCAA. It had to be interesting for them because the standards are high and the NCAA is very specific on what needs to be done. Every time we saw a problem, the Spurs and AT&T Center staff responded extremely well. It was an honor to be in this building." Does performing well at this event mean a Final Four bid is likely?
"Not really. I think it was important that we performed well and that we showed as a staff that we had our act together. Every time you have an opportunity to work with the NCAA and can do a good job then when you go back in front of them again there's going to be a good taste in their mouth. But the Final Four is a completely different setting. It's a pre-sold-out event. We have a great legacy here on running NCAA Championships. I don't think we hurt that, I think we just continued that legacy with this effort." What is the upcoming timeline for the Final Four bid?
"We will take a contingency to Dallas (for the Final Four) where all of the future hosts will be in meetings all week. We will actually have a short face-to-face representation with Jeanne Boyd (Managing Director of Division I Men's Basketball Championships for the NCAA). Then there will be site visits later in the spring and early in the summer. Then in November we will make our final presentation. They'll decide fairly quickly. We should know by the first part of December."
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