ST. LOUIS, Mo. -

The Missouri Valley Conference Men's basketball tournament will remain in St. Louis. The conference has reached an agreement with the Scottrade Center , keeping the basketball showcase in the Gateway City from 2016-18, with an option in 2019-20.

Missouri Valley heavyweights and defending league champs Wichita State give St. Louis their blessing. 

"Wichita State supports the decision to keep the Missouri Valley Conference in St. Louis and looks forward to the continued hospitality of the Scottrade Center, the St. Louis Sports Commission, the St. Louis convention and visitors commission, and our host hotel, the Westin in St. Louis," Eric Sexton, Wichita State Athletic Director said.

"St. Louis has been an excellent host, and will continue to be, and Wichita State fans enjoy what the city has to offer. Now that Wichita State has won the tournament in St. Louis, the Shockers will prepare to defend the title at Scottrade Center."

St. Louis was no shoe-in to keep the event. Kansas City, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Indianapolis placed bids to host the tournament, before St. Louis secured the series. The Big 12 conference's agreement with the Sprint Center expires in 2016. 

In 1991, the tournament moved to St. Louis. Following the 2007 tournament, the MVC sent out bids to four different cities for the 2009-2013 seasons, but St. Louis kept its stronghold on Arch Madness.