Stockton’s “on the clock” as March Madness approaches

The 2015-2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Basketball season comes to an end tonight in Indianapolis.  This marks yet another step closer to Stockton hosting one of the Regional Rounds (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight Rounds) next year.

Planning for this event has been going on for the last couple of months, and this coming year will be full of meetings, community presentations and other events to get the word out and build excitement in town.  This event, which will bring an estimated $1.5 million dollars of economic impact to the city, is our chance to showcase Stockton to the nation, but also showcase Stockton to the NCAA management staff in the hopes of being able to host additional events in the years to come.

Community support will be a vital part of this.  Whether it is welcoming the teams and staff to town if you see them out and about, or attending the games (three games over two days) and cheering them on…we want the teams to leave Stockton with good memories, whether they leave as the Regional Champion or not.

IF you are a member of a community organization (Rotary Club, Lions Club, etc) we would love to hear from you to schedule a time to have members of the planning committee come out and review this exiting event.  IF you have a community event going on in town between August of 2016 and March of 2017 we would love to hear from you and be a part of your event to promote this.

This event is like no others that has been to town, with that, we need to treat it as such and do all we can to fill our beautiful downtown arena so that the nation can see how much Stockton appreciates and supports sporting events.

If you are interested in finding out more, or have ideas as to how we might promote this event, please feel free to reach out to one of the Tournament Managers:

Mike Kelly, Assistant Athletic Director – University of the Pacific (mkelly1@pacific.edu)

or

Tim Pasisz, Sports & Tourism Development Director – Visit Stockton (tim@visitstockton.org)

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