MAC Tournament and Office to Move to Cleveland

Updated 7/1/1999
TOLEDO, Ohio (Jan. 26) -- The Mid-American Conference Council of Presidents has approved that the Mid-American Conference men’s basketball tournament will be held at Cleveland’s Gund Arena beginning in the year 2000 and running through the year 2002. The decision was made Monday at the Council’s meeting in Toledo.

The MAC women’s basketball tournament site selection was delayed until March 1, at which time, a decision will be made on the date, site and time of future tournaments.

It was also announced that the MAC offices would be relocated to Cleveland beginning July 1, 1999. The exact site in Cleveland has yet to be determined.

"The MAC is appreciative of the courtesies extended to us over the past four years by the Toledo community, but we are excited about the new opportunity that Cleveland affords us," said Dr. Robert Glidden of Ohio, Chair of the Council of Presidents. "The largest concentration of MAC Alumni, some 300,000, reside in the Cleveland area. That provides us with a solid base of fans for our basketball tournaments and makes Cleveland a natural site for the conference office."

"In following the direction of the Council of Presidents, an Ad Hoc Committee was formed and chaired by Kathy Beauregard, Athletics Director at Western Michigan University. I would like to extend my deepest appreciation for the detailed and extensive evaluation process that this committee performed," said MAC Commissioner Jerry Ippoliti. "I would also like to thank my Senior Associate Commissioner Rob Fournier in the negotiations in finalizing this arrangement."

"In addition, I would like to extend my gratitude to the city of Toledo for all the support it has shown the MAC over the years," said Ippoliti.

"Gund Arena and the City of Cleveland are delighted to host the Mid-American Conference Tournament (MAC) for the next three years. The MAC Conference plays exciting Division I basketball that will appeal to all basketball fans including thousands of MAC alumni in the Greater Cleveland area. I am sure the fan interest will be particularly strong for the two local MAC schools in Northeastern Ohio -- Kent State University and the University of Akron," said Jim Boland, Chief Executive Officer CAVS/Gund Arena Company.

The Mid-American Conference offices have been in Toledo for 15 years and the tournament has been held in Toledo the last four years . This year will be the fifth year it has been staged in Toledo. Previous tournament sites include Columbus, Ohio, 1993-94; Detroit, Mich., 1990-92; Toledo, 1987-89 and 1985; Rockford, Ill., 1986 and 1984; Bowling Green, Ohio, 1983; and Ann Arbor, Mich., 1980-82.