In order to host the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2022, US Bank Arena officials think the arena could ultimately be leveled and rebuilt.
"It would be a complete and total overhaul. Take it down to the ground and rebuild from beam one," Director of Marketing and Public Relations for US Bank Arena Sean Lynn, said.
The NCAA plans to use the arena to host men's March Madness games in 2022, but tip off in the Queen City hinges on the renovations.
"The way I interpret it is we have to be up to their standards, to their specs, by the start of that basketball season. If we're not, then we haven't held up our end of the bargain," Lynn said.
Plans announced in 2015 would transform the aging arena with a price tag sailing above $200 million, but a funding source is unclear.
However, arena officials said conversations have happened among city and county leaders.
"I think the bid certainly acts as a catalyst to kind of accelerate some of those discussions," Lynn said.
There is no set start date for the project.
"We've always been cautiously optimistic about the ability to get a renovation done," Lynn said.
Cincinnati last hosted the men's tournament in 1992.
Arena officials acknowledge that other events have been lost to other cities.
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