Pac-12 announced the start of the Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge. The Challenge is a men’s basketball non-conference scheduling series. It will be an annual challenge starting in 2020. The first slate of games will be Colorado vs. TCU, Washington vs. Oklahoma, Oregon vs. Big12 (Team is TBD). They will all be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Read the official release below:
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 Conference announced today the creation of the Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge presented by MGM Resorts International, a men’s basketball non-conference scheduling series, in partnership with the Oak View Group (OVG), Basketball Promotions & Events (BPE) and T-Mobile Arena.
The annual Challenge is slated to begin in December 2020 with three Pac-12 men’s basketball programs facing three non-league opponents in T-Mobile Arena, followed by a rotation of Pac-12 programs into the Las Vegas facility and to neutral-site venues in marquee markets around the nation in subsequent seasons.
COLORADO will battle TCU, WASHINGTON will face Oklahoma, and OREGON will take on a to-be-determined Big 12 opponent at T-Mobile Arena in the inaugural matchups in 2020, with anticipated return games at American Airlines Center in Dallas in 2021.
ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE and USC are committed to open Challenge play in Las Vegas in 2021, with return games in the New York City Metro area to occur in 2022, against opponents from a to-be-announced power conference.
”This first-of-its-kind conference Challenge will serve as a great opportunity for our Pac-12 schools to showcase their men’s basketball brands in high-profile, priority markets around the country against elite peer-conference competition, while also providing additional quality non-conference scheduling opportunities,” said Jamie Zaninovich, Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer in charge of men’s basketball. “We’re thrilled to work with OVG and BPE in bringing this event to fruition in an effort to enhance the Pac-12’s basketball brand nationally, and to continue to expand our strong relationship with MGM Resorts, T-Mobile Arena and Las Vegas.”
”We are very pleased to partner with the Pac-12 in this unique basketball challenge around the country,” said Dan Shell, President of OVG Collegiate. ”These partnerships become successful due to the people behind them, and we are delighted to team with the Conference, BPE, MGM Resorts, and the other participating arenas to make this event just that.”
George Kliavkoff, president of Entertainment & Sports, MGM Resorts, said, “We look forward to partnering with the Pac-12 Conference once again and the OVG Collegiate team for the first time on this new multi-year event. As longtime partners of the Pac-12, we are extremely familiar with the caliber of event they produce and have no doubt the annual Coast-to-Coast Challenge will be a marquee college basketball event fans will look forward to attending at T-Mobile Arena.”
The event’s dual-site rotation will continue into 2023 with an anticipated finish at an OVG Arena Alliance venue in 2024.
Additional matchups and event details, including game dates, times and television for the initial December 2020 contests, will be announced at a later date.
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