Summit City could host USA basketball world cup qualifier

Summit City could host USA basketball world cup qualifier
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CUP QUALIFIER” NEXT YEAR. A GROUP CAME TO TOUR THE MEMORIAL COLISEUM TODAY TO SEE IF IT HAS THE RIGHT STUFF FOR THE TOURNAMENT. NEWSCHANNEL 15’S KAITOR KPOSOWA HAS MORE ON THE BIDDING PROCESS. KAITOR, WHAT DID THEY THINK? FROM EVERYTHING I GATHERED, THE TOURISTS WERE PRETTY IMPRESSED. IF WE END UP HOSTING THE TOURNAMENT, THIS IS A BIG DEAL. THERE WILL BE ONLY 6 QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS ACROSS THE GLOBE FOR THE BASKETBALL WORLD CUP. AND FORT WAYNE COULD HOST ONE OF THEM. THE USA MEN’S BASKETBALL NATIONAL TEAM DIRECTOR WANTS TO SEE HOW THE MEMORIAL COLISEUM STACKS UP. “OF COURSE YOU HAVE AN OPINION IN THAT YOU DRIVE UP AND IT LOOKS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING.” SEAN FORD AND HIS CREW ARE TRAVELLING TO 4 OR 5 NBA D-LEAGUE CITIES TO SEE WHICH ONE IS WORTHY OF HOSTING A USA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER IN FEBRUARY. HISTORICALLY, EACH CONTINENTAL ZONE HELD INDEPENDENT TOURNAMENTS AND WOULD SEND ITS WINNERS TO THE WORLD CUP. THIS GO-AROUND THE CONTINENTS WILL INTERMIX PLAY. THE SUMMIT CITY WANTS IN ON THE ACTION. “IT WOULD BE A BIG DEAL IN THAT THIS IS SUCH A NEW THING TRYING TO EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE THIS CONCEPT OF QUALIFYING FOR THE WORLD CUP OVER MANY TOURNAMENTS OVER A 15 MONTH PERIOD. WE CAN’T GET TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES WITHOUT GETTING TO THE WORLD CUP AND WE CAN’T GET TO THE WORLD CUP WITHOUT PLAYING THESE IMPORTANT GAMES” FORD IS LOOKING FOR A VENUE THAT HAS PROPER MODERNIZATION, SEATING, TECHNOLOGY AND VARIETY OF SPACES. ALSO, A PLACE FANS AND THE COMMUNITY WILL FLOCK TO. “WHEN YOU BRING SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO A COMMUNITY WHAT YOU NEED FOR IT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IS FOR THE COMMUNITY TO TAKE OWNERSHIP IN IT AND ADOPT IT AND KIND OF CULTIVATE IT INTO A MAJOR EVENT IN THE COMMUNITY.” THE COLISEUM’S GENERAL MANAGER RANDY BROWN SAYS THE TOURISTS WERE IMPRESSED WITH THE ARENA’S FULL PACKAGE OPPORTUNITY. “IT APPEARS IS WE HAVE EVERYTHING HERE ON SITE THAT’S NECESSARY TO PRESENT AN EXCEPTIONAL BASKETBALL GAME. THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. THE EXPERIENCE FOR THE PLAYERS BUT ALSO TO GENERATE A CROWD, THE COMMUNITY COMING OUT AND WE’RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF HEARING USA, USA HERE AT THE COLISEUM.” THE USA BASKETBALL REPS SAY THEY’LL MAKE A DECISION BY THE END OF JUNE.

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