Final weekend, the ladies’s basketball groups from Colorado State, Auburn, Indiana, and Memphis performed one among dozens of four-team invitational basketball tournaments which dot the non-conference panorama this time of yr.
The positioning of the event was the Mirage on line casino lodge in Las Vegas, Nev.
Now, casinos have been the positioning of quite a few sporting occasions through the years. They’ve constructed non permanent amenities to host boxing matches and even Method One races of their parking heaps.
Solely the Mirage didn’t take into consideration that. It put up a basketball courtroom in a ballroom.
No seating for supporters, no bands, no fan expertise.
Right here’s the factor. You don’t even want a professional-sized area just like the T-Cellular Area (Vegas Golden Knights), or a big school area just like the Thomas and Mack Heart (UNLV) to host a four-team event. There may have been the MGM Grand Backyard Area, the Mandalay Bay Occasions Heart, the Orleans Area, or the South Level Area. Any of those may have hosted a four-team girls’s basketball occasion and introduced their fanbases (together with Indiana’s, which is sort of sizable).
However the organizers of this occasion selected a ballroom with one row of seating on all sides. And because it was in a constructing, it was additionally tough for outsiders, equivalent to emergency medical technicians, to get to the courtroom within the occasion of an damage. This occurred when Indiana’s Grace Berger suffered an damage.
Now, in nearly each area within the nation, there’s some form of medical unit on web site in case of an emergency. However on this case, it took greater than 40 minutes for paramedics to reach on the scene.
That is inexcusable.
MGM Resorts stated yesterday it could be slicing ties with occasions coordinator Ryan Polk, however I feel the corporate may take a tough have a look at itself. MGM has its personal 17,000-seat facility on the Las Vegas Strip, and it’s mind-boggling that the occasion wasn’t held there.
When it comes to occasions making an attempt to attract followers, this one takes the cake. Properly, a small cupcake.