Grand Rapids, Michigan State bid to host NCAA tournament's First Four at Van Andel Arena

GRAND RAPIDS -- Michigan State is bidding to host the NCAA men's Division I basketball tournament's First Four in 2014 or 2015 at Van Andel Arena, athletic director Mark Hollis said Thursday.


Grand Rapids is scheduled to host NCAA championships director Ron English on Friday to evaluate the arena and the city’s amenities -- something Grand Rapids businessman and philanthropist Peter Secchia said wasn't done when it was proposed the city host NCAA tournament games in either 2011, 2012 or 2013.


"The First Four is really what we probably only would qualify for," Secchia said. "We don’t have enough seats to go for the bigger games.


"Last time we never got an inspection. This time, they’re coming to see us, which is the best way to start."


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