On Tuesday, Kelly Urquhart-Kozole, the vice president of events at Detroit's Ford Field, made it clear that the ownership group was interested in bidding for the right to host regional games in future men's NCAA basketball tournaments.
As it currently stands, Ford Field has made definite plans to make a bid for games in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 tournaments. Ford Field hosted a regional championship in 2008, as well as the 2009 Final Four, which saw Michigan State fall to North Carolina in the National Championship game. Via the Detroit Free Press:
"I know we had a great Final Four," Urquhart-Kozole said. "I wish Michigan State would have done a little bit better, but it was an exciting game. Operationally, I think the building did a great job. The city, people are pleasantly surprised when they come here for the different championships that we've hosted, so hopefully, that gives us an edge, that we've already worked with the NCAA."
The Mid-American Conference has partnered with Ford's Field on the bid and Eastern Michigan is expected to be the host school.