UW will host state tournaments through spring 2020
7-year agreement covers numerous high school sports
MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin has reached a deal with the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association to host state high school athletic competition for seven years.
The WIAA will host state competition for high school boys basketball, football, golf, wrestling, and softball at UW facilities in Madison through the spring of 2020.
State swimming, diving, and tennis tournaments will continue to be held on the UW campus but are not part of the new agreement.
A decision was made earlier this year to move the girls basketball tournament to the Green Bay area through 2014. The move was made because of concerns Kohl Center scheduling conflicts.
The WIAA also said the move could help highlight the girls tournament, making it more of an exclusive event that won’t have to compete with many other events in Madison that weekend, such as a hockey tournament.
The boys tournament has been held in Madison for 92 years. The girls tournament has been in Madison since it began in 1976.
The Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the boys basketball tournament brings in $6 million of activity to the city at restaurants, hotels and shops, especially in the State Street and downtown area.