The NCAA announced the sites for its 2019-2022 tournaments Tuesday and the Times Union Center was awarded two events:
+ The TU Center will host a women's basketball region March 29-April 1, 2019. (It's also hosting a regional in 2018.)
+ And the arena will be a site for the first and second round of the men's basketball tournament in March 19 and 21 in 2020.
Getting these sorts tournaments to return to Albany has been a longtime goal for the TU Center's management and local officials. Some of the aspects of the Albany Capital Center -- specifically the high-ceiling multi-purpose room, which can hold three full-size practice basketball courts -- were designed with this goal in mind. The hope has been that adding the Capital Center to the mix, along with the atrium upgrade project, would make Albany a more competitive site.
The last time the NCAA men's basketball tournament was in Albany was in 2003, when the then-Pepsi Arena hosted the east regional. (That was the same year Syracuse -- out of the east bracket -- won the national championship.)
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