Mel Greenberg, the Hall of Fame women’s basketball columnist, is reporting that the NCAA has decided that Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena will replace Trenton, N.J., as the site of the 2013 NCAA Division Northeast regional for women’s basketball.
NCAA spokesman Rick Nixon would not confirm or deny Greenberg’s report, but said the organization plans to make its announcement later today. The NCAA’s Administrative Committee for the Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet is meeting between 1 and 5 p.m. today to review a number of items, including the new regional site for the championship.
Fairfield University spokesman Jack Jones also wouldn’t confirm the report. The Stags would again be the host team for the event.
Charlie Dowd, the vice president of operations for the Webster Bank Arena, said Friday morning that the facility was still waiting to hear from the NCAA but remains hopeful of being selected.
If so, UConn’s path for the 2013 Final Four in New Orleans would likely run through both Gampel Pavilion and Bridgeport. Bridgeport hosted first- and second-round games last season.
Trenton was among five New Jersey sites stripped of NCAA Tournaments in various sports after legalizing collegiate and professional sports gambling.
Philadelphia was also trying to get the tournament, which was held last season the University of Rhode Island. URI was not available to host this season and the NCAA was intent on finding a site with experience in hosting the event since such short notice was involved.
As it relates to the UConn women, a promising season just got a lot more sweet