The Big 12 Conference has selected Tulsa to host the 2017 and 2018 Big 12 Wrestling Championship. The event will be hosted at the Center, March 4-5, 2017 and March 3-4, 2018.
“The selection of Tulsa and Center by the Big 12 Conference as the host of the Big 12 Wrestling Championship is a major success for the community,” says Center General Manager Jeff Nickler. “This is the perfect opportunity for us to provide the athletes, coaches and fans with a unique Tulsa experience that will resonate with them even after the event ends.”
This event will not only continue to solidify Tulsa and Center as a premier destination for college sports but will bring approximately 5,000 attendees and an estimated annual economic impact of $1.3 million.
“We consider this opportunity a huge win for the Tulsa community, and we are excited for Tulsans and visitors alike to experience the thrill of a Big 12 Championship again,” says Ray Hoyt, president of VisitTulsa and Tulsa Sports Commission. “We know that Center and the Tulsa community will provide all those in attendance an excellent experience both on and off the mat.”
The Big 12 Wrestling Championship will expand to a two-day event with a 10-team field in 2016. Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia will be joined by six wrestling affiliate members Air Force, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming. The wrestlers participating in the Big 12 championship will be competing for berths into the Wrestling Championship.