Earlier this week, I said:
Coming up next: Why (eventually) hosting an NCAA Men's Basketball Regional at the Toyota Center will bring millions of dollars plus prestige and exposure to the City of Houston! Just bookmark this post for future reference.
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee named Reliant Park as a site for an NCAA Tournament regional in 2008 on Thursday.
The stadium was previously awarded a regional in 2010 and the 2011 Final Four.
"We are thrilled with the NCAA’s decision to come to Houston as early as 2008," said Shea Guinn, president and general manager of SMG-Reliant Park. "With the Super Bowl in 2004, the return of the Big 12 Conference football championship in 2005, the NCAA men’s regionals in 2008 and 2010 and the Final Four in 2011, Reliant Stadium is establishing itself as a long-term home for premier collegiate athletics and major national sporting events."
The University of Houston will serve as the university host for the events.
"The University of Houston has a rich tradition in men’s basketball, so we are very excited with the committee’s decision, and we look forward to working with the NCAA on preparing for the (tournaments)," UH athletic director Dave Maggard said.
Other regional sites selected for 2008 are Charlotte, N.C., Phoenix and Detroit.
First- and second-round sites are Little Rock, Ark.; Anaheim, Calif.; Birmingham, Ala.; Denver.; Omaha, Neb.; Raleigh, N.C.; Tampa, Fla.; and Washington, D.C. The Final Four will be in San Antonio.