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Prudential Center Chosen To Host The 2011 Division 1 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional
THE ROAD TO THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY NCAA FINAL FOUR ANNOUNCED
DIVISION 1 MEN'S BASKETBALL COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES 2011-2013 SITES
EIGHT PREVIOUS FINAL FOUR HOST CITIES SELECTED TO MARK THE DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY OF "NCAA MARCH MADNESS"
INDIANAPOLIS---Eight cities that have hosted the NCAA Men's Final Four during its storied history were selected today by the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee to host the event's 75th Anniversary in 2013.
Several cities and venues with significance in the annals of championship history were selected to host preliminary rounds in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In all, the committee selected 36 cities over the three-year period. Additionally, three future Final Four host cities were designated to host a regional round a year prior to in order to assist in Final Four operations planning.
“Having recently completed the Final Four site selection process, the committee knew this would be a challenge,” said Dan Guerrero, director of athletics at UCLA and current basketball committee chair. “We received some 70 bids and each city could, justifiably, provide a quality championship experience for the student-athletes. Interest remains incredibly high in hosting the championship.”
The 2011 championship includes a vast majority of cities that have served as hosts during this decade. An exception is first-/second-round host Tulsa, which opened the BOK Center in 2008, but has not hosted since 1985. Charlotte ranks third among cities with the most tournament games in history, having served as host 20 times since 1958. Remaining 2011 first- and second-round host cities, each multiple-time hosts, include Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Tampa, Tucson and Washington, D.C.
Regional sites for 2011 are Anaheim, which will host for the fifth time since 1998; San Antonio, which has hosted seven times in the past 13 years; Newark, which will host for the first time in the city's history; and New Orleans, which has hosted 10 times previously. The 2011 Final Four will be played in Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.
First- and second-round sites in 2012 include Albuquerque, Columbus, Greensboro, Louisville, Nashville, Omaha, Pittsburgh and Portland. Louisville, which will host for the 13th time, has not hosted the championship since 1991.
Atlanta will prepare for the 2013 Final Four by hosting the South Regional in 2012, marking the 20th time the city has hosted the men's basketball championship, including Final Fours in 1977, 2002 and 2007. Phoenix will host its fourth regional in 2012. The other two regional hosts are Boston, which has hosted the tournament three times previously, and St. Louis, which has hosted three Final Fours and seven regional rounds. The 2012 Final Four will be played in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Recognizing that 2013 is the 75th anniversary of the championship, the committee selected venues and cities which have served as the backdrop to great tournament moments such as North Carolina's triple-overtime win in the 1957 championship game in Kansas City, Villanova's upset of Georgetown in Lexington in the 1985 title game, the Duke-Kentucky classic in the 1992 East Regional final in Philadelphia, and hundreds of other plays, players and games that are deep-seated in tournament history.
Auburn Hills, Austin, Dayton, Kansas City, Lexington, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and San Jose were selected to host first- and second-rounds, and Indianapolis, Los Angeles and North Texas were chosen for the regional rounds.
Auburn Hills and San Jose both earned bids for the fourth time since 1997, while Austin was selected for the sixth time since 1981. Los Angeles has hosted the championship 11 times, including two Final Fours, but has not served as a host city since 1994, while North Texas will prepare for the 2014 Final Four with a regional at Cowboys Stadium.
Kansas City, which has served as host to 28 tournaments, including 10 Final Fours, was also selected for 2013. With Indianapolis, Lexington, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Final Four host Atlanta having each staged more than 75 tournament games, the 2013 championship will feature seven of the top nine cities for most tournament games hosted of all time.
Dayton, which has hosted the opening round game since its inception in 2001 and will do so through 2013, has hosted 23 times in the tournament's history. One regional site will remain unnamed while details are being finalized.
The 2013 Final Four will be played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.
“It's no accident that cities which have been part of the rich history of this championship were selected to return in 2013,” said Guerrero. “The 2013 championship will be a nationwide celebration of 'March Madness,' its tremendous history and the fan following of one the world's best sporting events.”
David Worlock / Associate Director for the Division I Men's Basketball Championship