Edison, NJ - The 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Bridgeport Regional, hosted by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and Fairfield University, will be played on Saturday, March 30 and Monday, April 1 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT.
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.
"It was great news to hear that the NCAA has awarded the 2013 NCAA East Regional to the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT," noted MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor. "The MAAC membership was originally looking forward to hosting the Sweet 16 Round of the championships in Trenton, and is pleased it will have that same opportunity in Bridgeport with Fairfield University. The Webster Bank Arena stepped up with a competitive bid proposal, local hotels cleared space for the team travel parties and the City of Bridgeport agreed to support at the same level that has made the city a destination site for NCAA basketball and ice hockey championships. It should be a great two days of college hoops."
Gene Doris, the Fairfield University Director of Athletics noted, "We are excited that the NCAA has awarded the MAAC the opportunity to host the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Regional at our home court, the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. Fairfield University looks forward to again working with the MAAC and the Arena to bring March Madness to the region."
The NCAA re-awarded the regional championship after New Jersey passed a law allowing sports wagering on professional and collegiate athletics. 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. Single-game betting is defined as wagering that involves either a money line or point spread wager. This policy is in place to ensure the integrity of the game, provide consistency in awarding championships and to address concerns for student-athletes' well-being.
"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."
Webster Bank Arena has previously hosted the 2012 NCAA Ice Hockey Championship and the 2011 MAAC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament.