June 10, 2013
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By Doug Richards
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - In March, UCF will participate in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Championship at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The conference announced an agreement with the facility Monday.
"We look forward to this partnership," said American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco. "Mohegan Sun Arena offers our student-athletes, coaches and fans the best of many things -a world-class facility, a great destination and committed management. We feel that being at Mohegan Sun will enhance an already very successful women's tournament experience."
The 2014 Women's Basketball Championship will be held Friday, March 7 through Monday, March 10. All 10 teams in the league will participate in the championship, with seeding based on regular-season finishes. The top four seeds will receive byes to the quarterfinal round. The tournament winner will earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. The semifinals will be televised on ESPNU, while the championship will be on ESPN or ESPN2. First round and quarterfinal games will be televised, with specific coverage plans to be released.
Home to the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, the 10,000-seat, state-of-the-art Mohegan Sun Arena opened in November of 2002, and is now internationally recognized as a premier facility. It is currently ranked as the No. 1 arena in the world, as well as the busiest in the United States by Venues Today. Mohegan Sun Arena was ranked third overall in Billboard Magazine's 2012 year-end reviews of the top 10 worldwide venues with a seating capacity between 5,001-10,000. Additionally, Mohegan Sun Arena was ranked fifth in the same category for the entire decade. The Arena has hosted championship boxing, college and professional men's and women's basketball, Davis Cup tennis, professional bull riding and professional bowling. The WNBA All Star Game has been hosted by Mohegan Sun Arena three times, with a fourth time this July.