AMERICAN ANNOUNCES MOHEGAN SUN ARENA AS SITE FOR 2015 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 17, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The American Athletic Conference has awarded the 2015 American Women's Basketball Championship to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Commissioner Mike Aresco announced today.
"The American Athletic Conference and its member institutions are excited to return to a venue that demonstrated tremendous support for our women's basketball tournament," Aresco said. "Attendance was outstanding, the facility is first-rate, and the Mohegan Sun staff provided a great experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans, who we know will enjoy a return visit next year."
Mohegan Sun Arena will serve as the host of The American's women's basketball championship for the second straight year. Home to the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, the 10,000-seat arena has hosted championship boxing, college and professional men's and women's basketball, Davis Cup tennis, professional bull riding and professional bowling. The WNBA All-Star Game has been hosted by Mohegan Sun Arena four times.
"We are thrilled that we will be bringing the American Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament back to Mohegan Sun Arena," said Mitchell Etess, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun. "Our first year was a huge success. We are delighted to continue the relationship, and grow this great event moving forward."
All 11 American Athletic Conference schools will participate in the 2015 championship. The format calls for three first-round games on the first day, followed by four quarterfinal games, two semifinals and the championship game. The ESPN Networks will provide television and digital coverage of the tournament.
The 2014-15 season will be the second straight year in which the American Athletic Conference has the defending men's and women's NCAA champions in its ranks. The American was the only conference to place a team in the semifinals of the Men's Final Four, the Women's Final Four, the NIT and the WNIT last season.
The American's membership in 2014-15 will include UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, USF, SMU, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa.
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