NJCAA Tournament could leave Salina

Published On: Mar 11 2014 05:21:29 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 11 2014 05:33:49 PM CDT
SALINA, Kansas -

Salina, Kan. has been the host of the NJCAA Women's Basketball Championship for seventeen years, but are now competing against Lubbock, Texas to keep the job.

Every three years, cities can place bids for the tournament and Lubbock has placed a bid to host from 2016-2018. The decision will be made in early April.

Visit Salina estimates the tournament generates about $600 thousand in the city.

"Those teams are here," Tiffany Benien, sports and special events coordinator with Visit Salina said."They're experiencing Salina. They are utilizing our hotels. They are eating in our restaurants. They are shopping."

The NJCAA says it looks at a number of different factors when deciding on a site including the venue, the support and how easy it is for people to get there.

Visit Salina says the did increase the financial guarantee in this year's bid, but thinks the real key is customer service

"We have over 250 community volunteers," Benien said.  "I would put our customer service, our staff, our quality, our pride up against anyone.

The tournament is made up of twenty-four teams from across the country. This years tournament begins March 17.