From staff reports
Cumberland University will host the 2014 Mid-South Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center on March 6-9, the conference office announced this week.
CU, the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and the Lebanon/Wilson County Sports Council teamed up for the tournament bid at the 2,500-seat arena on the campus.
“We are excited to bring our basketball championships to Lebanon and Wilson County in 2014 where there is always tremendous support for the Mid-South Conference,” conference commissioner Steve Baker said. “I’m confident Cumberland will be an outstanding host and that our student-athletes, coaches and fans will enjoy competing for a championship in Lebanon.”
Rick Smith, chair elect of the Chamber of Commerce; Sue Van Atta, President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce; and Jamie Wood, President of the Sports Council, worked directly with Cumberland University Director of Athletics Ron Pavan to help coordinate the bid for the event, with all three individuals and both organizations playing major roles in organizing the proposal for the conference athletic directors to consider.
The Bulldogs rejoined the Mid-South Conference before the 2012-13 academic year after serving as charter members of the Mid-South when the league was formed in 1996.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase Cumberland University and the many advancements taking place on our campus under the leadership of our President, Dr. Harvill Eaton,” said Pavan. “The Dallas Floyd is a great facility for basketball and this will be an excellent chance for our fans and the community to see some of the best basketball in the country.”
The Dallas Floyd Recreation Center is a multi-purpose facility used for basketball, volleyball and wrestling and also houses the Cumberland athletic department offices as well as the CU Athletic Hall of Fame archives. The building features five locker rooms, restrooms, concession stand and lobby and sits on the central quad of the Cumberland campus.
It was built in 1992 in memory of Lebanon resident Dallas Floyd (1909-90), who spent his life devoted to recreation as the patriarch of the Floyd and Baxter Amusement Carnival Company headquartered in Lebanon. Floyd and Baxter ran carnivals and events all across the Southeastern United States.
The DFRC has hosted multiple men’s and women’s conference tournament games in its history along with yearly AAU tournaments, regional wrestling events and annual Cumberland volleyball tournaments. It also hosts Convocation, the yearly gathering of CU students, faculty and staff to kick-off each academic year, and has on occasion been home to graduation when weather pushes the event inside.