The new American Athletic Conference will hold it's first men's basketball tournament at the 18,400-seater FedExForum in Memphis, it has been announced.
Home to the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis men's basketball team, the arena has been specifically chosen to host the event, two weeks prior to the sweet sixteen and elite eight of the 2014 NCAA Championship in the South Regional in March next year.
Running from 12-15 March, each game of the 10-team AAC tournament will be televised on the ESPN networks, beginning with two first-round games on Wednesday, followed by two quarter-final double headers on Thursday, semi-finals on Friday, before the championship game live on ESPN on Saturday.
"We are very excited to have the first American Athletic Conference championship at FedExForum," said Commissioner Mike Aresco. "We received significant interest from many outstanding venues.
"FedExForum is an outstanding facility and it, the city of Memphis, the University of Memphis and the local community will combine to create a wonderful inaugural event that our teams, coaches, administrators and fans will embrace and enjoy."
Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen reflected on the announcement as an exciting day after a collaboration involving the arena, the university and city of Memphis, with approvals from all of the league's basketball coaches that the FedExForum was the best venue for the tournament.
"This is monumental and dynamic for this new conference," Bowen said. "We believe it will be a great tournament for this city, our fans and for Tigers everywhere."
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