There’s a lot of rumors flying around that Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena will be named as the host site for the 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball East Region championship, replacing the Soverign Bank Arena in Trenton N.J., which was stripped of the event by the NCAA due to its regulations on legalized sports gambling in New Jersey.
Fairfield athletic director Gene Doris told me in a text message that the NCAA Administration Committee hasn’t decided yet but was meeting this afternoon. The NCAA told Doris that a decision would be made by 5 p.m. today.
The Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence and Philadelphia were the other sites in the running of the Regional.
The Arena at Harbor Yard/Webster Bank Arena has hosted four previous NCAA women’s tournament events. In 2004, 2008 and 2012, it hosted first-and second-round games. In 2006, it hosted the East Region championship.
While at the Arena today to see the new $3.5-million center hung scoreboard being worked on, WBA vice president of operation Charlie Dowd told me that the building was awating final word on the NCAA’s decision from Fairfield.