Men’s & Women’s NCAA tournaments to be played Nov. 18-24 in Vancouver, B.C.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – TCL®, North America’s fastest-growing TV brand, will join Sport Hosting Vancouver to co-sponsor the inaugural Vancouver Showcase men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments. The event, now known as the “TCL Vancouver Showcase,” features four men’s teams and eight women’s teams competing Nov. 18-24, 2018 in the first NCAA Division I tournaments staged in Canada.
“TCL is thrilled to sponsor a dynamic event like the Vancouver Showcase which features top basketball talent. This partnership couldn’t have come at a better time, as we are launching our lineup of TCL Roku TVs to the Canadian market. These award-winning televisions offer an unmatched viewing experience for sports and any other entertainment our users might want,” said Chris Larson, Senior Vice President, TCL. “With a stunning picture and the best smart TV platform for easy access to all the pro and college basketball games you’re looking for, our 4K TCL Roku TV is the perfect companion for fans who will be following the tournament at home.”
The men’s event features Minnesota, Santa Clara, Texas A&M and #24 Washington playing a round-robin schedule on Nov. 18-21. The eight-team women’s tournament then tips on Nov. 22-24 featuring No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 8 Oregon State and No. 10 South Carolina among the field. Both tournaments will be played beneath the iconic sails of the Vancouver Convention Centre.
“We are excited to partner with TCL as this event aligns well with many of its current marketing initiatives,” said Brooks Downing, President of bd Global, the event producer. “For a first-year event in a new market, it is this type of corporate support that is necessary to create a long-lasting premium event. We join our partners at Sport Hosting Vancouver in welcoming TCL to this international marketing platform.”
Sport Hosting Vancouver is a partnership between the City of Vancouver, Tourism Vancouver, the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association, the BC Pavilion Corporation, the University of British Columbia, and the Pacific National Exhibition. TCL is among the largest TV brands in the world with more than 20 million TVs sold worldwide last year. The brand is committed to innovation and has more than 35 research centers around the world.
All five men’s games of the TCL Vancouver Showcase will be broadcast on international networks with ESPN, TSN and the Big Ten Network airing games. The 12 games of the women’s tournament will be streamed on the official tournament website – www.vanshowcase.com. The broadcast schedule is as follows:
Sunday, Nov. 18
- 5 p.m. Washington vs. Santa Clara – ESPN3 / TSN Direct
- 7:30 p.m. – Texas A&M vs. Minnesota – ESPN2 / TSN
Tuesday, Nov. 20
- 6 p.m. Santa Clara vs. Minnesota – Big Ten Network
- 8:30 p.m. – Washington vs. Texas A&M – ESPN2 / TSN
Wednesday, Nov. 21
- 3:30 p.m. – Minnesota vs. Washington – Big Ten Network
Thursday, Nov. 22 – Saturday, Nov. 24
- Four women’s tournament games each day – Streamed live at VanShowcase.com
Tickets for both the men’s and women’s sessions are on-sale now at TicketsTonight.ca or order by phone at 877.840.0457 (additional $5 per order via phone).
Full tournament info can be found at VanShowcase.com and on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @VanShowcase.
Vancouver Convention Centre
Already one of the world's best-selling consumer electronics brands, TCL is now the fastest-growing TV brand in North America. TCL (The Creative Life) was founded more than 35 years ago and prides itself on delivering high quality products featuring stylish design and the latest technology. With extensive manufacturing expertise, a vertically integrated supply chain, and state-of-the-art panel factory, TCL offers innovative televisions, including the award-winning TCL® Roku TV™.
About bd Global
bd Global, LLC is a representation, event management, and public relations firm operating on an international platform within the sports marketing industry. bdG manages multiple college basketball and college hockey events in the United States each season with events in Southwest Florida, Las Vegas, The Bahamas and Vancouver, as well as two Web.com Tour events in The Bahamas and a PGA TOUR event in Central Kentucky. For more information, visit www.bdglobalsports.com or follow on @bdGlobalSports on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
About Sport Hosting Vancouver
Sport Hosting Vancouver is a partnership between the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association, the BC Pavilion Corporation, UBC, Pacific National Exhibition, and Tourism Vancouver. We attract, develop, and support world-class sport events in Vancouver through great partnerships, enthusiastic guidance and an innovative approach.
About the Vancouver Convention Centre
The Vancouver Convention Centre is the world’s first double LEED Platinum certified convention centre. Located on Vancouver’s downtown waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the facility offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The award-winning Convention Centre features two connected buildings with a combined total of 466,500 ft2 (43,340 m2) of flexible meeting, exhibition, ballroom and plenary space. The facility is committed to environmental sustainability as well as unparalleled service, technology offerings and culinary excellence.
About Tourism Vancouver
Tourism Vancouver is the official destination marketing organization for Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The not-for-profit, member-based organization represents over 1,000 tourism businesses in Metro Vancouver and beyond. Tourism Vancouver markets Vancouver as a premier leisure, business, meetings and group travel destination in strategic markets around the world. www.tourismvancouver.com
About the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association
The Vancouver Hotel Destination Association (VHDA) is made up of a group of 37 downtown Vancouver hotels who contribute toward the Vancouver Destination Marketing Fund (DMF). It is the objective of the VHDA that these marketing funds are used to directly enhance Vancouver’s destination awareness and increase overnight hotel stays for all VHDA member hotels. The VHDA achieves this objective by working with partner organizations to add incremental programs, and augment existing marketing initiatives aimed at ensuring the continued long-term growth and prosperity of Vancouver, creating value for all partners in the tourism sector.