Thursday , July 20, 2017 - 5:48 PM
“The conference has received several bids for potential hosts sites for the Big Sky Conference men’s and women’s basketball championships,” Ashcraft said in an email to the Standard-Examiner. “We anticipate a decision will be made on a site by the end of August.”
Reno’s three-year contract with the conference to host the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will end after the 2018 season.
The final decision will be made by the conference council and presidents of the Big Sky member schools.
While Reno is one of the cities with a bid under consideration, Ashcraft said that the other cities with bids are confidential.
Big Sky Commissioner Andrea Williams told the Standard-Examiner in March that the conference has kept an open dialogue with the city of Reno about reaching out to other cities and accepting bids.
“Reno is a big part of what we’re doing and we’re having conversations with them in terms of 2019 and beyond,” Williams said during the 2017 Big Sky Championships. “We certainly have to go through the process, but it’s not any indication of what our experience has been here. It’s been great and the people here have been so supportive of what we’re doing.”
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