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December 21 2015

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Basketball fans will have a chance to watch high-level play in their own backyard when two National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) tournaments hit Vancouver in 2017.

Eight men’s and eight women’s NCAA Division I basketball teams will play in the event launch in November 2017.

NCAA Division I basketball players represent the highest level of intercollegiate athletics in the US. The tournaments, which will become an annual event, will be played back-to-back at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

City a 'world-class destination for major sporting events'

“Vancouver has proven itself as a world-class destination for major sporting events, so we are very excited to bring the first regular-season NCAA Division I college basketball tournaments ever played in Canada to this extraordinary city,” said Brooks Downing, president and CEO of bd Global, organizer of the event.

“Given the destination, combined with our unique site at the Vancouver Convention Centre, this annual event will be very successful for years to come.”

Basketball veterans to serve as directors

The idea for the Vancouver event came from David Munro, a former Vancouver Grizzlies official, and Howard Kelsey, who has been involved with Canadian basketball at nearly every level for the past four decades since he played for Team Canada. Both will serve as co-tournament directors.

“Our Vancouver Showcase will feature exciting NCAA men’s and women’s basketball in an unprecedented setting on an annual basis for the City of Vancouver," said Munro.

The Vancouver Convention Centre will be transformed into a 3,000-plus seat venue, complete with portable bleachers, portable floor and video boards to provide a first-class fan experience at every game.