The college basketball celebration continues in Hartford. The XL Center in Hartford has been chosen as the site of the 2015 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship.
"We are pleased to bring our 2015 men's basketball championship to the city of Hartford and to this outstanding arena," AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement. "The success of UConn's men's and women's teams this year has made Connecticut the center of college basketball nationally. This event will enjoy tremendous fan support and our visitors will enjoy the many attractions in Hartford and its surrounding communities."
Yesterday, the city hosted a huge parade to celebrate the UConn men and women’s team both winning national titles this year.
"Today's announcement puts Hartford back in the basketball tournament business," Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement. "While this is great news for next year, I am even more excited for what this means in the future. I believe we can and should be in consideration for more NCAA tournament events, and I will continue to push to bring those games to our state. I want to thank the American Athletic Conference for making this decision. I also want to send a message to college basketball fans everywhere – come to Hartford next March. You won't be disappointed."
The dates for the 2015 championship have not been released but will be in the coming weeks.
The AAC membership in 2014-15 will include UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, USF, SMU, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa.