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Las Vegas poised to bid for multiple NCAA championship events

The city of Las Vegas, Nevada, will look to host multiple NCAA championship events, including women’s basketball, after the governing body for college sports started accepting bids on nearly two dozen sports championships over all three divisions on Aug. 26.

Last year the NCAA indefinitely suspended a ban which prevented events from being hosted in states that accept wagers on single games. This is the first year that Las Vegas can apply for these events.

According to the Associated Press, casino operator MGM Resorts International – which owns various sports arenas in Las Vegas, including the T-Mobile Arena, MGM Garden Arena and the Mandalay Bay Events Center – and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority will look to host at least six finals events.

As well as women’s basketball, this possibly includes the Frozen Four (ice hockey), wrestling, and women’s volleyball championships.

“We’re looking for scaled opportunities. Sports that attract lots of fans and some places we can reconfigure the way the events are held to attract more fans,” George Kliavkoff, MGM’s president of entertainment and sports, told AP.