The Missouri Valley Conference has sent requests for proposals to four cities interested in hosting its men’s basketball tournament: St. Louis, the event’s long time home, Kansas City, Chicago and Las Vegas. The conference, looking for sites through 2020, could make an announcement by June 30.
Kansas City is contracted to hold the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament at the Sprint Center through 2016. Also in Kansas City, at Municipal Auditorium, is the NAIA Division I men’s championship, which opened its week-long run on Wednesday, and the MIAA men’s and women’s tournaments.
The Valley, which is looking at the Sprint Center as a potential new venue, has traditionally held its tournament a week before the Big 12’s. Representatives from the Kansas City Sports Commission visited this month’s Valley tourney, won by Wichita State.