Due to concerns over the conditions at Arco Arena, the NCAA has bypassed Sacramento’s bid for hosting the regional round of the men’s collegiate basketball tournament through 2013. Local officials have been told the city won’t be considered until it replaces ARCO Arena.
The Mayor made the announcement on his blogthis morning calling the news “devastating” and “embarrassing”. Sacramento has been in rotation to host the first and second round games since 1994. Arco was host to to the tournament in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2007.
According to officials, when Arco hosted the tournament in 2007, fans filled the arena, and the event injected $4 million into the local economy.
The NCAA rejection message supports what the owners of ARCO Arena have been saying for a number of years. Built in 1988, ARCO is the oldest arena in the NBA.