CINCINNATI -- A part-owner of U.S. Bank Arena said Wednesday that the current plan to prepare for the 2022 NCAA men's basketball championship includes tearing down the arena and building a new, larger arena in its place.
Ray Harris, COO of Nederlander Entertainment, spoke to Bill Cunningham on 700 WLW Wednesday regarding the NCAA's announcement that Cincinnati would host first and second-round tournament games in five years, on the condition that U.S. Bank Arena undergoes long-awaited renovations.
"We’re motivated like nobody else to make this thing happen," Harris said on Cunningham's show. "We’re working with the city and county on a vision -- what's capable, what makes the most sense, and what makes (U.S. Bank Arena) competitive for the region."
Being chosen as a host city for March Madness is a huge win for Cincinnati, a city that hasn't been picked to host men's basketball tournament games since 1992. Since 1992, when Cincinnati made the Final Four, UC has made the tournament 21 times, Xavier 19.