Memphis to host 2014 AAC tournament

FedEx Forum (courtesy of

FedEx Forum (courtesy of

The FedEx Forum in Memphis will host the inaugural American Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament, the league announced Tuesday.

According to various reports, Memphis emerged as the favorite weeks ago, beating out venues in Hartford and Philadelphia.

“We are very excited to have the first American Athletic Conference championship at FedExForum,” said AAC commissioner Mike Aresco.  “We received significant interest from many outstanding venues.  FedExForum is an outstanding facility and the Forum, 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.”

The 2014 league tournament will be played from Wednesday, March 12 to Saturday, March 15. All games will be on the ESPN networks, and the championship game can be seen on ESPN.

The deal with the FedEx Forum is reportedly for one year. Aresco said last week that the league would “re-examine things as the year went by.”

“We might even wait to see how the tournaments pan out next year before we make a decision on the longer-term plan,” Aresco said.

The league will take the same approach with the women’s tournament, which will be held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in 2014.