Gamecocks Won't Play at 2019 NCAA Columbia Site
Gamecock fans hoping to see the South Carolina men's basketball team play at Colonial Life Arena in the 2019 NCAA men's basketball tournament will be disappointed. The NCAA announced today that Columbia will be one of the regional sites for the first and second rounds of the 2019 men's tournament.
According to the NCAA, if the Gamecocks were to make it into the tournament, they would not be allowed to play at home.
"If you're selected as a host site, your team will not be allowed to play here," said South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner. "Certainly, we hope Coach Martin is playing and somewhere else, but this is part of it. And this is not just about the University of South Carolina, it's about the city of Columbia and the Colonial Life Arena. When it was built, the purpose was to generate activities, concerts, the circus, or whatever the event may be. This is about everybody coming together, but we hope that our men's team is playing. But, it is true. They would not be able to play if we are hosting here."
Columbia Regional Sports Council Executive Director Scott Powers said they predict the tournament could bring in up to 10.5-10.6 million dollars for Columbia.