VenuWorks of Evansville Excited to Host NCAA Division II Elite Eight Championship this weekend

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The “Elite Eight” started in March 1957 at Evansville’s Roberts Stadium as the NCAA College Division Championship, returns to its birthplace for the 2014 and 2015 DII tournaments.

This Saturday, Ford Center will be in the spotlight this weekend as it hosts the live nationally televised NCAA Division II Championship Game from Evansville, Indiana.

While the tournament is estimated to bring an economic impact of $250,000 to the city, the NCAA Division II championship is important to Evansville for historical reasons as well. The “Elite Eight” started in March 1957 at Evansville’s Roberts Stadium as the NCAA College Division Championship. Evansville then hosted the championship for 21 years, from 1957 to 1976, and once more in 2002. Ford Center is proud to welcome back the championship to its birthplace for their 2014 and 2015 tournaments.

“We are excited to have the event back in Evansville and we are thrilled to have it at the Ford Center,” said Steve Peters, VenuWorks President. The event consists of all games for the Elite Eight, the Final Four and the Championship. The NCAA Division II Championship Game will air on the CBS Sports Network on Saturday, March 29 at 2 PM CST.

VenuWorks opened the 11,000 seat Ford Center in downtown Evansville, IN November 2011. Over the last 2 ½ years the venue has entertained more than 1 Million people. The venue is home to the NCAA Division 1 University of Evansville’s Men’s and Women’s Aces basketball teams as well as the home of the ECHL Evansville Icemen hockey team.


VenuWorks is a leader in mid-market venue management, providing customized solutions for arenas, theatres and convention centers throughout the country, with management services that include operations, catering, concessions, along with the booking and marketing of sports and entertainment events. VenuWorks is headquartered in Ames, IA and was founded in 1996. For more information, please visit

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