Mountain East Conference tournament coming to Wheeling

Staff Reports

WHEELING, W.Va. — The Mountain East Conference has a new home for its basketball tournament in the city of Wheeling.

During an announcement Tuesday at WesBanco Arena, Mountain East officials said the partnership with the city of Wheeling will allow for the men’s and women’s basketball tournament to be held at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling for at least the next two years, with the MEC having an option to extend it to three. The tournament for years has been held in Charleston, but the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau on Monday announced it had withdrawn its bid for the event.

Both West Liberty University and Wheeling Jesuit University are members of the Mountain East Conference.

The Health Plan will serve as the presenting sponsor for the event.

The 2018 Mountain East Basketball tournament is taking place this week, through Saturday.

“We are very excited to announce this partnership with the city of Wheeling and The Health Plan,” MEC Commissioner Reid Amos, a former Wheeling resident, said. “We believe that the MEC basketball tournament has been a first-class experience for our student-athletes, and Wheeling has committed to a bid that provides an opportunity to take the championship experience to a new level.

“The bid efforts by Wheeling’s local host committee in securing and continuing to seek additional incentives, sponsorships and other financial commitments for our league will provide a financial opportunity that is unprecedented for the MEC and we are confident that it is among the best offers for an NCAA Division II conference basketball tournament.”