WAILUKU - The EA Sports Maui Invitational will remain at Lahaina Civic Center through at least 2020 under an agreement approved by the County Council last week and announced Friday.
The current deal with the men's college basketball tournament runs through this year's event, scheduled for Nov. 19-21. A tentative extension reached in January with Mayor Alan Arakawa called for maintaining the same fees, the most significant being a total rental charge of $4,800 for the event's 12 games over three days. That is an exception to the normal fee, which would be $400 per day plus additional costs, or 15 percent of gross receipts, whichever was greater.
The county estimated the event generated approximately $9.1 million for the local economy in 2011, with $1 million of that coming from spending by the tournament itself.
The tournament is operated by KemperLesnik, based in Illinois, and hosted by Chaminade University.
"It has been a pleasure to work closely with representatives at KemperLesnik to ensure that this sports tradition continues here for many years to come," Arakawa said.
The event has been at the Lahaina Civic Center since 1986, after two years at War Memorial Gym.
"Mayor Arakawa, Maui County Council members and the entire Maui community have been incredible supporters of the EA Sports Maui Invitational," said Tom Valdi-serri, KemperLesnik's executive vice president.
MAUI INVITATIONAL FUTURE FIELDS
2012-Chaminade, North Carolina, Butler, Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, Texas, Southern California.
2013-Chaminade, Syracuse, Arkansas, Baylor, California, Dayton, Georgia, Minnesota.