Monday, September 21, 2009

NCAA Tournament returns to Wachovia Center in 2013

The Wachovia Center has been selected as a host site for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament in 2013.

The Philadelphia games will be played on March 22 and 24 and Temple will serve as the host school.

"Temple University is happy to partner with the Wachovia Center to bring the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Championships to Philadelphia," Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said. "Temple and the city of Philadelphia own a rich tradition of hosting high caliber athletic events and this championship continues that practice."

The Wachovia Center has been the site of the 2009 NCAA men's first and second rounds, which were hosted by Saint Joseph's University; the 2006 NCAA men's first and second Rounds, which were hosted by the Atlantic 10 Conference; the 2001 NCAA men's East Regional; and the 2000 NCAA Women's Final Four.

"This awarding of the NCAA Tournament games at the Wachovia Center for 2013 is a true testament to the great college basketball fans we have here in the Greater Philadelphia Region who support the area's college basketball programs," said Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko. "It's also a special honor for us that the Wachovia Center has quickly become an important venue for the NCAA to showcase men's basketball right here in Philadelphia."

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