CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Mountain East Conference men's and women's basketball tournaments are moving closer to being held in the same building as the West Virginia Conference tourneys did for 52 years - the Charleston Civic Center.
MEC Commissioner Reid Amos said the league and the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau are in negotiations to play the tournament at the Civic Center, where the WVC had hosted its event since 1960.
The NCAA Division II WVC disbanded at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season after eight of the league's schools - Charleston, Concord, Fairmont State, Glenville State, Shepherd, West Liberty, Wheeling Jesuit, W.Va. State and W.Va. Wesleyan - joined Division II newcomers Notre Dame (Ohio), Urbana and UVa-Wise, to form the 11-team MEC. The disbanding essentially ended the WVC's relationship with the Civic Center, resulting in a potential partnership between the fledgling league and the downtown Charleston venue.
Amos wouldn't go into detail, but said that the Convention and Visitors Bureau and its staff, including vice-president Tim Brady, have "played a very important role."
Brady, who moved from Bridgeport last year to accept the vice-president position in August 2012, said the Convention and Visitors Bureau wanted to be part of the event, although it hadn't been involved with the WVC Tournament.
"With the new conference forming we saw this as an opportunity for us to get involved and play a role in recruiting this new event to Charleston," Brady said. "We see the value from the economic standpoint of it."
Included in the negotiations is returning the conference championship games to Sunday. From 1988-91 the WVC Tournament men's and women's title games were contested on Sunday. Beginning in 1992 until last year, the championships were played on Saturday.
Brady said the Bureau is certainly interested.