Waves to Host 2013 NCAA West Regional
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine University will serve as the host school for the West Regional of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, set to be held at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, the NCAA announced today.
Pepperdine partnered with AEG/Staples Center and the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission to earn the bid. The West Regional dates are March 28 and 30 that year.
"We are proud and honored to have been selected as the host of the 2013 NCAA West Regional," Pepperdine Director of Athletics John Watson said. "It's a tremendous opportunity to show off the city of Los Angeles to the visiting teams, their fans and the people watching on television around the country. It's also a great chance for the people of Los Angeles to enjoy one of college sports' premier events."
The 2013 event will be the 75th anniversary of the NCAA Tournament. While Los Angeles has been a host city as part of 11 previous tournaments, the event will return here for the first time since 1994.
Los Angeles hosted the Final Four in 1968 and 1972 (UCLA won the title both years), the West Regional in 1966, 1969, 1973, 1976, 1984 and 1994 and early-round games in 1979, 1981 and 1988. UCLA also won two titles coming out of a Los Angeles-hosted West Regional in 1969 and 1973, as did Georgetown in 1984.
This will be the first NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament event at Staples Center, which opened in 1999. The Los Angeles Sports Arena hosted the two Final Fours and the 1994 NCAA West Regional, while UCLA's Pauley Pavilion was the site on the other eight occasions.
Also in 2013, the West Coast Conference will be the host organization for first- and second-round matchups in San Jose, Calif. The other early-round sites that year are Auburn Hills, Austin, Dayton, Kansas City, Lexington, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City.
Two of the other regional sites in 2013 are Indianapolis and Dallas. The site of the East Regional has yet to be determined. The 2013 Final Four will be played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.
The NCAA announced the sites and dates for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 tournaments today.