Stockton Prepares to Host Women’s NCAA Basketball Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight

Credit: fox40.com

STOCKTON -- The City of Stockton is just days away from hosting a national sporting event -- the NCAA Women's basketball tournament.


We met Larry Sparks in line at the Stockton Arena Monday. The big women's basketball fan from Tracy said he is buying tickets now to make sure he gets good seats.


"The guys, they slack off a little bit. But the women, they play hard," Sparks laughed.


This is the first time the city is hosting the tournament.


"We are just watching ticket sales creep up every minute." Wes Rhea, CEO of Visit Stockton said.


Rhea said the city won the bid in 2014 to host the women's Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight, and they have been preparing ever since.


They hope to mirror the slam dunk success of the men's tournament at the Golden One Center this past weekend.


"Sacramento did a fantastic job and they really led the charge here in Northern California. We expect with an event like this to see about $1.5 million to $2 million of economic impact in the Stockton Community," Rhea said.


With fans and teams coming to Stockton from all over the nation, hotels saw the need to renovate. George Kaplanis with Hilton Stockton said reservations are up.


"The hotel will be full. We'll have two teams and our guests are getting the opportunity to visit players as they come in and out of the hotel," Kaplanis said.



Meanwhile in the inside of the arena, there will be a big temperature change. To transform the arena from the Stockton heat's ice rink to a basketball court is quite a process.


"Yesterday it was ice right here. We have covered it up and removed the signage out of the arena. And today the basketball floor a lot of the risers and the carpet will go up," Rhea said.


By Thursday, the arena will be handed over to the NCAA, where organizers will make the final touches before the games.


"We got this. We couldn't be more ready for anything I think we've ever done," Rhea said.


As for Larry Sparks, he excitedly waved his tickets at us, as he drove home.


The tournament will be at the arena on March 25 and 27. The winner of the March 27 game goes to Dallas for the final four.


Tickets are available here.

Related Tags

#localnews #sports #

Top Stories

Republican Oversight Leader: Michael Flynn Apparently Broke the Law

"As a former military officer, you simply cannot take money from Russia"
  • 1 day ago
  • 15

Shatta Wale’s Son “Shatta Majesty” Is All Grown Up Now And Looks Adorable

One of the hottest celebrity couples in Ama Ghana is Dancehall King Shatta Wale and Shatta Michy.   In 2015, they were blessed with a lovely son.   They named him Majesty Nii Armah-Mensah aka. Shatta Majesty. A post shared by @michygh on Feb 1, 2017 at 8:28pm PST   Fast forward to 2017 and […] The post Shatta Wale’s Son “Shatta Majesty” Is All Grown Up Now And Looks Adorable appeared first on OMGVoice.Com.
  • 4 days ago
  • 14

Arkansas Executes Two Inmates on the Same Gurney, Just Hours Apart

Two inmates received lethal injections Monday about three hours apart as Arkansas completed the nation's first double execution since 2000.
  • 2 days ago
  • 13

Capturing the Beauty of Springtime in Iraqi Kurdistan

In Iraqi Kurdistan, spring is the time for lavish picnics
  • 2 days ago
  • 11

Police Reports Blame United Passenger for Injuries he Sustained While Dragged Off Flight

The officers' reports contradict videos of the incident seen by millions around the world
  • 2 days ago
  • 10

Are You Looking for More?
YOU CAN MAKE WEALTH REAL!!
Check this out ...

www.MakeWealthReal.Com

farawayyachtingcharters - Easy Branches
botoxfillerveintheraphyinphuket - Easy Branches

Latest in Regions

Captive Ohio Woman Rescued from Pit in Neighbor’s Yard

BLANCHESTER, Ohio — Police found a woman trapped in a pit behind her neighbor’s home in the Cincinnati area overnight. After a resident reported hearing someone crying early Wednesday morning, officers rescued 30-year-old Jennifer Elliott from a hole in the ground hidden inside a shed, according to WCPO.  A wooden board was covering the pit behind 113 Central Ave., and heavy objects were placed on the board to hold it down, police said. Elliott, who appeared to be suffering a seizure and […]
  • 58 minutes ago

25-Year-Old Fairfield Man Accused of Masturbating in front of Two Teen Girls at Bus Stop

FAIRFIELD — A 25-year-old man has been arrested on public exposure charges after he allegedly masturbated in front of two teen girls, police said. Two 13-year-old girls were walking on Atlantic Avenue west of North Texas Street about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday when they saw a man inside a bus stop. The girls said the man’s genitals were exposed and they both saw him masturbating, police said. The girls left the area and went to a nearby school where they told […]
  • 59 minutes ago

Republican Senators Warn Trump Against Withdrawing From NAFTA

"Trying to negotiate NAFTA makes sense, withdrawing from it doesn’t,” Sen. Lindsay Graham said
  • 59 minutes ago

President Trump Says U.S. Will Renegotiate, Not Cancel, NAFTA

After an animated call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  • 59 minutes ago

Google Celebrates South Africa’s Freedom Day with Doodle Honoring Composer Enoch Sontonga

is marking the anniversary of South Africa’s first post-apartheid election on Thursday with a Doodle honoring 19th century composer Enoch Sontonga, who wrote a song that is now part of the country’s current national anthem. Sontonga, who was also a choirmaster and poet, composed the song Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika (God Bless Africa) in 1897. It…
  • 60 minutes ago

Denial of consular access indicates Jadhav already executed: Defence experts

The Defence experts’ sharp comments came after Pakistan denied India consular access to Jadhav yesterday.
  • 1 hour ago

California Universal Health Care Measure Advances

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers pushed forward Wednesday with a proposal that would substantially remake the health care system of the nation’s most populous state by replacing insurance companies with government-funded health care for everyone. The idea known as single-payer health care has long been popular on the left and is getting a new look in California as President Donald Trump looks to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The proposal, promoted by the state’s powerful nursing union and […]
  • 2 hours ago

ESPN Laying Off 100 Broadcasters, Writers as Viewers Dwindle

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, in a purge designed to focus the sports network on a more digital future. The cuts will trim ESPN’s stable of on-air talent and writers by about 10 percent. The 37-year-old network has been squeezed by rising fees to broadcast live events at the same time hordes of cord-cutting TV viewers have been canceling their ESPN subscriptions. ESPN has […]
  • 2 hours ago

Jason Chaffetz Will Miss Weeks of Work in Washington for Foot Surgery

His absence could rule him out of key votes
  • 2 hours ago

Venezuela Will Withdraw From the Organization of American States Amid Deadly Protests

As deadly anti-government protests in the country show no sign of easing
  • 2 hours ago

Kupwara militant attack: Three army men killed in gunbattle; two terrorists neutralised

According to TV reports, about three army personnel have lost their lives so far, including a senior officer. 
  • 2 hours ago

CSU Stanislaus Students Rally to End Hate Speech

TURLOCK — Students and staff called for an end to hate speech and white supremacy at the CSU Stanislaus campus on Wednesday. With their chants, demonstrators also called out a fellow student — Nathan Damigo. They claim the Oakdale man, who is the self-proclaimed leader of white nationalist group Identity Evropa is dangerous and violent. “Just a backlash of the recent event that happened in Berkeley, he socked a girl in the face so everybody has their opinions on what […]
  • 3 hours ago