In a partnership with the City of Orlando, the Central Florida Sports Commission and Stetson University, UCF is attempting to bring March Madness back to Orlando, and back to the Amway Center. The group placed bids on second- and third-round games, as well as regional games, for the Division I Men's Basketball Championship for the years 2016-2018.
"One of my priorities for UCF Athletics is to be an indispensable partner to the University and our community. Working with the Central Florida Sports Commission to bring the NCAA Tournament back to Orlando is a very visible example of that partnership," athletic director Todd Stansbury said in a release. "Fans and supporters from all over the region really showed how great a sporting city we are by helping make the NCAA Tournament games at Amway Center a huge success earlier this year."
Last March, Orlando played host to second- and third-round games, and the economic impact was felt. According to a release from the UCF Athletics website, 14,000 hotel rooms were filled and about $12 million in economic impact stemmed from the games.
Fifteen letters of recommendation were sent to the NCAA from around the state, and a video was made. The video can be seen at www.countdowntoorlando.com