Monday, November 17, 2014

March Madness Comes to Barclays Center in 2016

By Jason Schott of BrooklynFans.com - Daly Dose of Hoops Contributor - @JESchott19 

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Site Selection Committee announced on Monday that Barclays Center will be a host site for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament in 2016.

Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets, said of the news:
Brett Yormark. Photo by Jason Schott.
“March Madness comes to Brooklyn! We are excited to host one of the world’s greatest sporting events in a venue that has become the center of college basketball on the East Coast. I would like to thank Mark Emmert, Mark Lewis, Scott Barnes, Dan Gavitt, and Andy Arnold for showing the NCAA’s commitment to Barclays Center and to Brooklyn. I also want to thank the Atlantic 10 and its Commissioner Bernadette McGlade for their partnership through this process. In just two years, Barclays Center has welcomed the most exciting and talked about events in sports and entertainment and the NCAA Tournament will be another celebrated moment for the borough.”

This is the latest major development for Barclays Center to establish themselves as a home for college basketball. They have hosted the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament the past couple of years and announced this past March that Barclays will host the ACC Tournament in 2017 and 2018.

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