There was a fair amount of moaning when it was announced that the 2016 NCAA tournament was going to be held in Madison Square Garden. Sure, New York is more expensive than St Louis, but there are many advantages to holding the world’s greatest sporting event in the world’s greatest city.
One prominent example of such, would be the vast difference in the number of qualifiers that grew up closer to New York City than St Louis. To illustrate that point, here are 2 cluster maps of NQs from those metro areas, screen shots taken at the same scale.
Yes, those numbers are correct. At least 58 qualifiers grew up within the same proximity to Midtown Manhattan as 7 qualifiers did to the Gateway to the West. Below is a wider screen cap of the same map featuring both regions.
East of the Appalachians and North of the Mason-Dixon. That is where you will find the greatest concentration of national caliber wrestlers.
While I sympathize with the inconvenienced Midwesterners, a venue on the Eastern seaboard should afford far more friends and family the opportunity to watch their relatives and acquaintances compete live than any location on the Mississippi.
I’m hoping the NCAAs make a habit of rotating out east, as well as keeping the Great Lakes and Great Plains states in the mix. Maybe even a West Coast or Rocky Mountain location every decade or so?