November 12, 2012 3:30 PM by Billy Heywood
ESPN – The Big Dance is coming back to the Big Apple.
Madison Square Garden will be the site of the East Regional of the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the NCAA announced Monday.
The Garden has hosted 71 NCAA tournament games in its storied history — but none since 1961.
“We are excited about the tournament returning to the world’s most famous arena,” said NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt in a statement. “Only three arenas have hosted more tournament games than Madison Square Garden, despite it being more than five decades since the last time it hosted. That gives you a great sense of the historical significance of bringing the tournament back there.”
St. John’s and the Big East Conference will serve as co-hosts. St. John’s plays most of its home games at the Garden, while the Big East has held its conference tournament there every year since 1983.
Madison Square Garden is currently undergoing major renovations, which are expected to be complete by the time of the 2014 tournament. The building has been closed the past two summers, and will again close in the summer of 2013, the final phase of the project.
Not since 1961 has Madison Square Garden hosted the big dance. Granted they won’t be again untill 2014, but still, this is great for NYC. MSG and St. John’s University are co-hosting the East Regional here and I have a huge boner for this. I’ve always wanted to go to a Sweet Sixteen or earlier round game but I didn’t have the money, nor the drive to go to Dayton, Charlotte or any other bumblefuck school that’s hosting the regional because they have a shit ton of space. Fuck that.
I’m glad the NCAA is bringing back the tournament to it’s stomping grounds. Hell, they should have a play in game for the top 5 players in Rucker Park to get into the Tournament as well….just spitballin’ here.