North Carolina's loss may be MN's gain

Minneapolis considers bid for NCAA Championship

MINNEAPOLIS – As Minneapolis prepares to host some major events in the coming months and years, city officials are trying to add even more thanks to North Carolina.

"What is North Carolina’s loss is potentially Minneapolis’ gain,” said Councilman Jacob Frey.
Frey chairs Sports Minneapolis and said he asked staff Tuesday to look into going after events the NCAA pulled from North Carolina. It plans to relocate seven events because of the state's so-called “Bathroom Bill”. It bars transgender people from using the bathroom in government buildings with which they identify.

"I’m delighted we can compete for some of these events,” said Dan McElroy who represents the Minnesota lodging and restaurant associations. "Some of these will be weather interesting, but most of them – piece of cake. We can do this.”

This is still in the early stages of planning, but Sports Minneapolis confirmed to KARE 11 it’s already started putting feelers out.

"We are reviewing the list of events to determine if any of them provide any opportunities for the Minneapolis area.  We are also working with local colleges and universities to identify any possible interested host institutions,” a statement read.

But the clock is ticking. Some of these events include the Division 1 Women's Soccer championship in December or the Division 1 Men's first and second round basketball championship in March.

It’s unclear how much it would cost to host some of these events.

"It means there will be excitement and activity in our streets,” said Frey if these events, at least some of them make it to Minnesota.

Which is why Frey and others believe it's worth a shot.

"Give us a crack at it,” said McElroy.

The NCAA did not say when it would make a decision on where these events would go, only that it would happen soon. Here’s a list from the NCAA of the championship events it plans to relocate from North Carolina.

• 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup (Cary), Dec. 2 and 4.  
• 2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships (Greensboro), Dec. 2 and 3.
• 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, first/second rounds (Greensboro), March 17 and 19.
• 2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships, regional (Greenville), May 8-10.
• 2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships (Cary), May 22-27. 
• 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship (Cary), May 26 and 28.
• 2017 Division II Baseball Championship (Cary), May 27-June 3.


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