SOUTH ORANGE – Seton Hall University has been named a host institution for the Regional Round of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship; it was announced Monday by the NCAA.
In conjunction with Seton Hall serving as host, the Prudential Center will be the competition venue for two games of the regional semifinals on March 25, 2011 and the regional final on March 27, 2011. It will mark the first time the City of Newark has hosted the event. It is the first time Seton Hall has hosted a round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship since 1999.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to showcase our University and the state-of-the-art Prudential Center to a national audience,” said Joe Quinlan, director of athletics. “A great deal of hard work went into the bid process and we look forward to playing a role in what has become one of the preeminent events in all of sports.”
The 2011 championship includes a vast majority of cities that have served as hosts during this decade. An exception is first-/second-round host Tulsa, which opened the BOK Center in 2008, but has not hosted since 1985. Charlotte ranks third among cities with the most tournament games in history, having served as host 20 times since 1958. Remaining 2011 first- and second-round host cities, each multiple-time hosts, include Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Tampa, Tucson and Washington, D.C.
Regional sites for 2011, in addition to Newark, are Anaheim, which will host for the fifth time since 1998; San Antonio, which has hosted seven times in the past 13 years; and New Orleans, which has hosted 10 times previously.
The 2011 Final Four will be played in Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.
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