“You’re going to have a great time when you’re in Buffalo.”
For Rich Ensor, pitching Buffalo as a top-tier destination for amateur athletic tournaments is a slam dunk – but it wasn’t always that way.
Ensor, the longtime commissioner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic League Conference, has had a front-row seat to witness Buffalo’s transformation in recent decades. He was instrumental in Buffalo’s initial bid to land the NCAA Men’s Basketball First and Second Round Tournament in the year 2000. Back then, he touted the city’s accessibility to nearby tournament-eligible colleges, affordability, and the recently completed Marine Midland Arena (now the KeyBank Center) as competitive advantages.