Verizon Center will host the East Regional of the 2013 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the organization announced Wednesday. Georgetown will act as the host school, meaning the Hoyas cannot be placed in the East Region should they make the tournament.
It will be the sixth time Verizon Center has hosted NCAA men’s basketball tournament games, the last coming in 2011 when it hosted the rounds of 64 and 32. The 2013 games will take place March 28 and 30.
The NCAA had previously announced that the other regional sites for the 2013 NCAA tournament, the 75th all-time, would be Arlington, Tex.; Indianapolis; and Los Angeles. The Final Four will be in Atlanta.
“When the committee selected hosts for the 75th tournament in 2009, there was a concerted effort to include cities with a rich history to help mark that milestone,” said Mark Lewis, the NCAA’s executive vice president for championships and alliances. “The decision to delay the announcement of the East Regional site was made because the committee wanted to explore several options. In the end, we think celebrating 75 years of one of the country’s favorite sporting events in our nation’s capital is fitting.”