Big Sky Basketball Championships coming to Boise

Idaho guard Taylor Pierce (14) dives the ball against Idaho State guard Saylair Grandon (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball championship for the Big Sky Conference women's tournament title in Reno, Nev., Saturday, March 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen)

Starting in March of 2019, Boise will play host to the Big Sky Conference's Basketball Championships for men and women. It is a three year contract with the conference.

The championship tournament will play out over 6 days. All games will be played at CenturyLink Arena. Configured for basketball, the arena will accommodate approximately 5,300 fans.

"The Conference is excited to take our most recognizable championships to Boise, which lies right at the heart of Big Sky country," said Big sky Conference Commissioner, Andrea Williams.

The Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau put together the winning bid for the Big Sky tournament. Carrie Westergard, Bureau Executive Director, explained that the site selection committee was impressed by the community, "We showed them everything we have to offer, the arena, the hotels, how easy and safe it is to get around, how family friendly our community is."

It also helped to have a fan base in the Treasure Valley that is already interested in Big Sky basketball. Between that fan base and those people traveling with their teams, Westergard believes there should be no problem selling out the arena.

"The community really sold itself," she said.

Based on estimates made by the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, the economic impact of the tournament over three years will be $3.5 million. "And that is a conservative estimate," said Westergard.

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