Verizon Center to host 2013 NCAA Tournament East Regional

Verizon Center to host 2013 NCAA Tournament East Regional
May 16, 2012, 4:05 pm
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March Madness is coming back to Chinatown.The Verizon Center will host the 2013 NCAA Tournament's East Regional on March 28 and 30, the organization announced on Wednesday.Georgetown University will be the host school. That means whether the Hoyas are top-seed worthy or just beat the bubble to join the field, they cannot be placed in the East Region should they make the tournament. This will mark the sixth time the tournament has been played in the nation's capital since 1998, most recently in 2011 when Connecticut started its national title run and Butler stunned Pittsburgh.The last time the East Regional was held in D.C., George Mason stunned top-seeded Connecticut to reach the Final Four.Previously the NCAA announced Arlington, Texas, Indianapolis and Los Angelesas the othersites for the regional semifinals and finals from March 28-31. The Final Four will be held April 6 and 8 in Atlanta.In 2009, when the committee selected hosts for the 75th tournament, there was a concerted effort to include cities with a rich history to help mark that milestone, said Mark Lewis, the NCAAs 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 countrys favorite sporting events in our nations capital and a great basketball city is fitting.No ticket information is currently available, according to Georgetown's athletic department.