Auburn University to host 2011 women’s NCAA tournament first and second rounds

AUBURN – The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee has selected Auburn University to serve as a first- and second-round host for the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.

The games will take place in the new Auburn Arena, which will be in its first year of operation. The 2011 event will mark the first time for Auburn to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament under its current bid format.

“We are excited about our selection as a host site for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in 2011,” said Jay Jacobs, Auburn Director of Athletics. “The new Auburn Arena will be one of the finest basketball facilities in the nation and will be an ideal venue for the tournament. It is an honor for Auburn to host this event and is an outstanding opportunity to showcase the new arena before a nationally televised audience.”

“I am very excited and proud of the hard work our administration put forth in securing this bid,” said Auburn women’s basketball head coach Nell Fortner. “We will have a great new arena to showcase and we have a community that is supportive of women’s basketball. It will be a tremendous showcase of women’s basketball.”

Auburn will host games either March 19 and 21 or March 20 and 22, 2011. The dates will be determined in June 2010.

Ticket information for the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship first and second round contests at Auburn will be available in January 2010. Go to www.NCAA.com and www.AuburnTigers.com for updated information on ticket prices and release dates.

(Submitted by Matthew Crouch.)

Contact: Kirk Sampson, (334) 844-9800 (sampska@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)