Probably the most shocking announcement since Myles Davis left Xavier the City of Cincinnati will be hosting the 2022 NCAA Tournament first and second round games. Somehow US Bank Arena in all of its glory will play host to the tournament. Needless to say everyone was kind of shocked by this. Not because Cincinnati can’t handle this, we can. Rather that US Bank Arena landed this.
Generally tournament sites are played in nice arenas, Yum Center, Sacramento’s new arena, Greensboro, Bankers Life, you get it. All of those are nice arenas, with windows, and lights, and seats, and bathrooms, and a concourse that doesn’t make you feel like you’re waling to an untimely death. Evidently other people felt the same way on Twitter:
This is awesome but what person did USBA, UC, and X hold hostage to make this happen? lol https://t.co/IE3xnEzj07
— Mr. Smitty (@MrSmitty0712) April 18, 2017
How about this? If the arena gets renovated UC will be host. And if not X can be.
— Jeff Gentil (@jgent15) April 18, 2017
Host school for Cincy is UC, not X.
Suck it, nerds! https://t.co/B3oxlDMiWG
— mark (@markomlor) April 18, 2017
When does the renovation start https://t.co/wQOJqAqk2P
— Eric Lilly (@EricLilly7) April 18, 2017
They will hold the city hostage for $$$ for the renovations. If not, will make the city look bad with a dumpy arena on nat'l TV https://t.co/oedSaTNZ2J
— Nate Graham (@CincyNate) April 18, 2017
Apparently US Bank arena won the NCAA bid by promising new locker rooms. If true, it marks the first renovation announcement in two decades.
— OhVarsity! (@OhVarsity) April 18, 2017
@CincyvsEveryone It's been so long since USBank has been renovated it still Marlboro Ads.
— Turpin Cheer Dad (@DCMarconDavid) April 18, 2017
— Cash (@UDRYAN) April 18, 2017
— Eric Six (@ericsix) April 18, 2017
Can't wait to see how they blame the city somehow for having a dump of an arena https://t.co/ZtzPLp53o1
— Stuart Gilchrist (@StewieGilchrist) April 18, 2017
No one can believe that US Bank landed this. It’s in such bad shape UC refused to even use it as a temporary home in 2017-2018. Yet the NCAA thinks that it is suitable for the tournament. Alright then.
Ultimately this could be a troll job by the NCAA just 5 years in the making. When tournament time rolls around the Bearcats will get sent to Portland or San Diego and Xavier will get to play at USBA while UC plays “host.” That’s exactly what’s going to happen and there’s nothing we can do about it. Being a Cincinnati fan means you’re negative by nature.
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