Georgia State/Atlanta bid to host Sun Belt basketball tournament

Atlanta and Georgia State is one of five hosts that have submitted bids for the Sun Belt men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

The tournaments are currently held in New Orleans. The contract for that site expires after the 2016-17 tournaments.

The other cities that are included in the three-year bids are Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington, Mobile, Ala., Shreveport, La. and Little Rock, Ark. The Sun Belt has member schools in each of those cities.

Atlanta was previously considered as a host for the Sun Belt basketball tournament at Gwinnett Arena. Instead, the tournament went to New Orleans, where it is played in Lakefront Arena.

Georgia State’s bid includes hosting early round games for the men’s and women’s brackets at the Sports Arena. There is a possibility the semifinals and finals could be played in Philips Arena. However, Philips Arena, home of the Hawks and Dream, may undergo renovations that could affect scheduling.

The presidents and athletic directors are scheduled to meet this summer. During those meetings is typically when championship sites are decided.

Attendance for the tournaments in New Orleans has been a point of concern for commissioner Karl Benson.

The tournaments currently have eight-team brackets, but will expand to include all teams next year.

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