NAIA to keep WBB National Championship in Sioux City through 2017
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
More than 33,000 fans packed into the Tyson for last year's national tournament.
The NAIA and Sioux City have agreed to a contract extension keeping the Division II Women's Basketball National Championship in the city through 2017.
Last year, more than 33,000 fans packed into the Tyson, generating $2.7 in spending in Sioux City and surrounding communities.
The National Championship has been in Sioux City since 1998 and moved from the Auditorium to the 10,000 seat Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in 2004.
GPAC Commissioner Corey Westra also serves as a member of the Executive Committee on the NAIA's National Administration Council, which governs the championships.
He says the community embracing the tournament has allowed Sioux City to become the longest tenured host site in the NAIA.
"When you look at the NAIA Championships, they're driven by the community they're in," Westra said. "We talk about it on the national level all the time, does the host community want this event? And, overwhelmingly every time, for Sioux City, it's yes, we want this tournament."
The current contract was set to expire in 2014.
Sioux City also host the NAIA Volleyball Tournament at the Tyson Events Center. That contract runs through 2015.
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