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NCAA names MSG as 2014 tourney host

11/12/2012 3:08 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
After a hiatus of more than a half-century, New York City will host part of the “Big Dance” once again in 2014.

The NCAA announced the 25 preliminary-round sites for the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Tournaments on Monday, with Madison Square Garden revealed as the host site for the East Regional in 2014.

“We are excited about the tournament returning to the world's most famous arena,” Dan Gavitt, the NCAA vice president of men's basketball, said in a statement. “Only three arenas have hosted more tournament games than Madison Square Garden, despite it being more than five decades since the last time it hosted. That gives you a great sense of the historical significance of bringing the tournament back there.”

MSG, which has been the home of the preseason NIT, the Big East Tournament, and the final two rounds of the postseason NIT for many years, has also hosted 71 NCAA Tournament games in its history – but none since 1961, when the tournament featured just 24 teams.

Lucas Oil Stadium in Indanapolis, FedEx Forum in Memphis, and Anaheim’s Honda Center will be the other host sites for the 2014 regionals, with the winners of each advancing to the Final Four at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

New York State also got two other portions of the future NCAA Tournaments on Monday, as it was announced that Buffalo’s First Niagara Center will be one of the host cities for second and third round action in 2014 and the Carrier Dome in Syracuse will host the 2015 East Regional.

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