Danville Bids To Host NJCAA In 2017


    Danville Bids To Host NJCAA In 2017 (WCCU)

    The National Junior College Athletic Association Basketball Tournament just ended this weekend, but the city of Danville is wasting no time to put forth a new bid for the games next year.

    The national viewership of the NJCAA Basketball Tournament brings a lot of eyes to Danville.

    The Visitor's Bureau said the games brought in at least $1.5 million in revenue this year and is easily within the top 3 money makers for the city.

    "It does so many things for our community. It's not just in dollars; It's in quality of life," Jeanie Cook, Executive Director of the Bureau said. "Our community is so proud of the tournament. All the compliments that we have received of the community, is just overwhelming."

    Besides an economic boost, residents said the tournament brings more culture to the city.

    "It brings a lot of crowds out to Danville, out to DACC, and it just brings a lot of people out," said resident Stephen Crouse.

    Danville's three year hosting contract is over now. But the city has already started creating a new bid portfolio for the basketball officials to consider.

    Residents hope the games will stay.

    "I think it's great," a resident, Lorie Beckett said. "This is one of the biggest things that happens in the city during the month of, you know, March Madness. I think it's great."

    A tournament Co-Director said she would hate to see the NJCAA Tournament leave Danville Area Community College after 23 years, and DACC officials agree.

    "We enjoy having it, it's definitely a bonus for the community," Lana Conklin, DACC Marketing Director said. "And as long as the community will like to continue to host the tournament, we will continue to pursue it."

    The NJCAA officials will meet with the contending cities the first week of April where they will decide who will host the 2017 games.

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