INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee has selected Bridgeport, Conn., and Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard as a regional host site for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship.
The Bridgeport Regional semifinal games, co-hosted by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Fairfield, will be March 30 at noon and 2:30 p.m. ET, with the regional championship game on April 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The winner of the regional will advance to the 2013 Women's Final Four in New Orleans on April 7 and 9.
"Bridgeport has proven to be a great host for our championship in the past and we are excited to be making a return this March," Carolayne Henry said, chair of the Division I Women's Basketball Committee and senior associate commissioner of the Mountain West Conference. "We appreciate both the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Fairfield University stepping forward to host because of this special circumstance and know our student-athletes and fans will enjoy a first-class experience."
Bridgeport was named to replace Trenton, N.J., which had been scheduled to host the regional championship. On Oct. 15, the NCAA relocated six 2013 championships from New Jersey because of a new state law there allowing sports wagering on professional and collegiate games.
Refunds have been provided to individuals who had already purchased tickets to the women's basketball Trenton Regional site.
The NCAA championships sports wagering policy strictly prohibits the conducting of any championship session in a state with legal wagering that is based on single-game betting. This policy is in place to ensure the integrity of the game, provide consistency in awarding NCAA championships and to address concerns for student-athlete well-being.
"The move of the regional site to Bridgeport made sense for a number of reasons," Rich Ensor said, commissioner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. "Bridgeport and Webster Bank Arena have a long history of hosting NCAA championship events, while maintaining a regional host site on the East Coast is good for the championship and for the legion of fans living in the area that will now be able to be part of this unique championship experience."
The 2013 Bridgeport Regional will be the fifth NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship event hosted at the Arena at Harbor Yard, with the facility hosting regional round play in 2006 and first- and second-round action in 2004, 2008 and 2012.