HENDERSON, Nevada – The Big West Conference office on Thursday announced a new multi-year agreement to bring the Big West Basketball Championships to the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nevada in March 2022. The $ 84 million Dollar Loan Center and 6,000 places to be completed next February.
In addition to hosting the Big West’s flagship event for the next three years, the Dollar Loan Center is home to the Henderson Silver Knights, the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, the Vegas Indoor Football franchise. League and the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame.
The Big West 2022 tournament will christen the arena as its first public ticket event. The five-day installments will run March 8-12 on ESPN +, ESPNU and ESPN2, with 10 women’s and 10 men’s teams vying for the conference championships and automatic offers for the Division I basketball championships of the NCAA.
A New Era for Big West Basketball
– Big West Conference (@BigWestSports) June 24, 2021
Putting on hard hats on Thursday at the arena construction site, Big West Commissioner Dan Butterly held a joint press conference with Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz and Henderson Mayor Debra March , in front of a contingent of local representatives and Big West CEOs and athletic directors. .
âThe Big West is about innovation and opportunity, and the Dollar Loan Center provides a great, state-of-the-art venue to showcase the Big West, its member institutions and basketball programs,â said Butterly. âThis is a spectacular facility that will become an entertainment hub for the city of Henderson and the Las Vegas Valley. A place that I know our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans will love to be in March. Special thanks to Mayor March and President Bubolz and his team for working with us to elevate our brand and bring the Big West back to Silver State. â
Mark your calendars for March 8, 2022 ?? the @BigWestSports The men’s and women’s basketball championships will be your first chance to take a peek inside @TheDLCHenderson ?? pic.twitter.com/wJApdnkaJK
– Henderson Silver Knights (@HSKnights) June 24, 2021
“We are delighted that the very first event at our brand new state-of-the-art community facility in Henderson will be the Big West Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships,” added Bubolz. “The Dollar Loan Center will be home to some of the most exciting entertainment our region has to offer.”
The Big West was the first college conference to host a conference basketball tournament in the state of Nevada almost 30 years ago.
Previously, the Thomas & Mack Center hosted the event in 1994 and 1995, before the tournament moved to the Lawlor Events Center in Reno from 1996 to 2000. The Big West returned to Las Vegas a year ago, hosting the 2021 Championships at the Michelob ULTRA Arena inside Mandalay Bay.