Michigan State University has put in a big to host the First Four of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in 2014 or 2015, according to MLive's Diamond Leung. If the bid were to be accepted, the games would take place Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich.
NCAA championships director Ron English is scheduled to tour the facility on Friday, as well as evaluate the amenities provided by the arena and city. The city previously put in bids to host the tournament for 2011, 2012 and 2013. The NCAA did not visit the city in any of those cases, so the fact that English is planning a trip this time is a good start, according to Grand Rapids businessman Peter Secchia.
The First Four, which are the NCAA Tournament's play-in games to kickoff the event, has been held in Dayton, Ohio in each of its first two years of existence, and will once again in 2013.