|MEAC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament to Remain in Norfolk through 2018||< All News|
|Thursday, September 25, 2014|
NORFOLK, Va. – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament will play on in Norfolk, Virginia for an additional three years following the 2015 tournament.
“I would like to thank Mayor Paul Fraim, the City Council, Norfolk City Manager Marcus Jones and city staff for their continued support of the MEAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament,” said Commissioner Dennis Thomas. “We are elated to extend this great partnership for another three years.”
Commissioner Dennis Thomas made the announcement today alongside MEAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball coaches, city staff and Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim.
“I’m pleased MEAC has chosen Norfolk to serve as basketball tournament host for three more years, said Norfolk Mayor Paul D. Fraim. Along with exciting and entertaining basketball, MEAC’s strong emphasis on education provides reading and college opportunities to our public school students and their thousands of fans generate significant economic activity for our local restaurants and attractions. We are eager to welcome them back.”
Norfolk, Virginia has served as the host city since 2013. The new agreement keeps MEAC in Norfolk through 2018. All tournament games are held at the Norfolk Scope Arena. Additional ancillary events including the annual Cheerleading Championship and post-game concerts and parties also make up the overall festivities of the tournament experience. MEAC will continue its highly successful Read with the MEAC program and College Fair event.
The tournament features all 13 MEAC member institutions including local schools Hampton and Norfolk State.
For more information about the 2015 MEAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament including brackets, ancillary events, tickets and travel information log on to www.MEAChoops.com.
About the MEAC Men and Women’s Basketball Tournament
The MEAC Men and Women’s Basketball Tournament is a single elimination championship playoff that involves Division I historically black colleges and universities located across the Atlantic coastline: Bethune-Cookman, Coppin State, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Hampton, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State, Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T State, North Carolina Central, Savannah State, and South Carolina State.
The tournament is played at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Virginia. Both the men’s and women’s champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
About Norfolk, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia is a city of some 242,803 residents and more than 100 diverse neighborhoods. It is the cultural, educational, business and medical center of Hampton Roads, hosts the world's largest naval base, the region's international airport and is one of the busiest international ports on the East Coast of the United States. The city is undergoing a successful renewal, including new office, retail, entertainment and new residential development along the rivers and bay front, and revitalization projects in many of its neighborhoods. Norfolk's residents and city officials have long supported sports programs at all levels.
VisitNorfolk is the official Destination Marketing Organization for the City of Norfolk. VisitNorfolk, a non-profit organization is dedicated to enhancing the role of travel and tourism in our economy by producing high volumes of both leisure and convention visitors, tax revenues and travel related jobs in Norfolk. VisitNorfolk also provides the resources and tools to ensure our visitors stay in Norfolk is both a productive and enjoyable one. For more information, visitnorfolktoday.com or call 800-368-3097. #Norfolk, Virginia