Edison, N.J. - The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference reached agreement on a three-year extension of its partnership with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Highlights of the extension include expansion of the 'MAAC Experience' at the Hall of Fame, continuing to host the annual Hall of Fame Men's Tipoff Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. and the introduction of a women's basketball exempt event in the fall of 2013. The Hall of Fame also will join the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA to host the 2013 and 2014 MAAC Men's & Women's Basketball Championships.
"The MAAC is pleased to extend its agreement with the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame to sponsor NCAA exempt basketball events for men's and women's basketball through June 30, 2018 as well as the league's well regarded 'MAAC Experience' exhibit in the hall," noted MAAC Commissioner Richard J. Ensor, Esq. "The exhibit, which includes the MAAC Honor Roll and the individual school presentations, provides the league with a tremendous branding opportunity in the Hall of Fame. The MAAC membership is extremely proud of its association with Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the sport of basketball."
The MAAC Experience, a 600-square-foot exhibit inside the Basketball Hall of Fame, first opened in October of 2011. As part of the new agreement, the exhibit will be expanded to include a special section to highlight great coaches in the history of the MAAC and its member schools. The new coaches' display is expected to be completed by the fall of 2013. It will join the existing individual school exhibits, display cases with MAAC artifacts and memorabilia and the acclaimed video feature titled "Day in the Life".
The MAAC will continue to serve as the sponsoring NCAA conference for the Men's Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament each November at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The eight-team field will feature one MAAC school each year through 2017. Fairfield University will join national powerhouses University of North Carolina and University of Louisville. The Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge will debut in the fall of 2013 at the MassMutual Center. Seven-time MAAC Champion Marist College and the University of Connecticut will highlight the field of eight.
"The Basketball Hall of Fame is excited to announce the extension of an agreement with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference," commented Hall of Fame President and Chief Executive Officer John Doleva. "The MAAC's relationship with the Hall of Fame and assistance within the college basketball landscape has been a positive for both groups and we look to continue those relationships in both the men's and women's game. We look forward to welcoming many more MAAC fans to the Hall of Fame and the City of Springfield as the MAAC's Hall of Fame exhibit grows and the MAAC Championships are played at the MassMutual Center in 2013 and 2014."