Evansville, IN – The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents have awarded the 2018 OVC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship to the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

The Championship will take place February 28 – March 3, 2018 and will feature eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams competing in a total of 14 games over the course of four days. The champions will win a berth into the NCAA Division I postseason basketball tournament. “Evansville is a basketball town and we could not be more excited to partner with the Ohio Valley Conference to deliver a championship atmosphere for OVC student-athletes and fans alike,” said Jason Sands, Executive Director of the Evansville Sports Corporation. “We are excited about the opportunity to take our flagship championship to another region of the OVC footprint,” said OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche. “We look forward to the opportunity to partner with the City of Evansville and the Evansville Sports Corporation to provide an outstanding experience for our student-athletes and fans. I look forward to the OVC Championship being played in Evansville and at the Ford Center,” said Murray State President Dr. Robert O. Davies, who is the chair of the OVC Board of Presidents. “This facility is the ideal place to showcase our Conference and will be a memorable experience for our student-athletes. I also look forward to the emerging partnership with community of Evansville and know this will be an exciting event for the participants and spectators.”

The tournament will take place in the 10,000 seat Ford Center arena which is located in the heart of downtown Evansville and surrounded by dozens of restaurants and attractions. The brand new DoubleTree Convention Hotel, which is attached to the Ford Center and the 280,000 sq. ft. Old National Events Plaza, will serve as the host hotel for the tournament. The OVC Basketball Championship will mark the sixth NCAA post-season basketball tournament hosted by Evansville and the Ford Center (NCAA DII Men’s Basketball Elite Eight – 2014 & 2015, Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship – 2013, 2014 & 2017).”

Our city has demonstrated on multiple occasions the ability to host great sporting events at every level,” said Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “We gladly welcome the Ohio Valley Conference and look forward to showing their student-athletes the best experience possible,” he continued. Evansville Sports Corporation officials anticipate more than 1,800 rooms will be booked at area hotels as thousands of visitors from competing OVC schools travel to Evansville to enjoy the games and the downtown entertainment district that surrounds the Ford Center. The OVC will host a teleconference at 2pm CST where OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche and Evansville officials will be available to answer questions. The call in number is: 1-800- 356-8278 Code: 781148. Ohio Valley Conference and School logos are available at the following website: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n74kv4u4rlifau7/AADAOVBt_vW2kn0fNgnImRW8a?dl=0.

For any further questions, please contact Jason Sands at 219-746- 2481 or jsands@evansvillesportscorp.org.