Pueblo to host RMAC Shootout through 2009

By Eric Danner published September 27, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout, the semifinals and finals of the men's and women's basketball tournaments, will be at the Colorado State Fair Events Center in Pueblo thru 2009. RMAC Commissioner Joel R. Smith recently signed the multi-year contract with CSFEC officials.

"We are very excited to be back in Pueblo," said RMAC Commissioner Joel R. Smith. "The Colorado State Fair Events Center is a first-class facility. We hope to capitalize on the momentum that started at last year's SHOOTOUT, and make our championships the premier college basketball destination in the Rocky Mountain region."

Last year, more than 2,500 people attended the 2-day SHOOTOUT. On championship Sunday, more than 1,200 people attended the finals. That's 116 percent higher than league average during the regular season.

The RMAC SHOOTOUT championships will also be broadcast live by Altitude Sports & Entertainment for the third year in a row. Altitude is available in more than 3.5 million households throughout the United States. Last year's SHOOTOUT drew a .5 overnight rating in the Denver market, which equals more than 15,000 viewers in Denver alone.

"Altitude does an excellent broadcast," said Smith. "Last year we had two of the best broadcasters in the area in Jerry Schemmel and Irv Brown. With the Altitude production team, it definitely showcases our championships, showing we are the best Division II basketball conference in the country."

The women's championship will start at noon on Sunday, March 4th, 2007, with the men's game slated for 2:30 on the same day.

Four semi-final games will be played on Saturday, March 3rd, 2007, starting at noon

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