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(Boston) — The America East Men’s Basketball Championship returns to Boston in 2007 when Boston University hosts the tournament at Agganis Arena, it was announced today after a vote of the conference’s athletics directors.
“We are proud to welcome the America East Men’s Basketball Championship back to BU and our new world-class facility, Agganis Arena,” said Mike Lynch, Boston University’s Director of Athletics. “Agganis Arena serves as a showcase for Boston University, the BU athletics programs, and the America East.”
Located within Boston University’s new $225 million John Hancock Student Village — a 10-acre hub of activity designed to be the thriving center of student life and athletics — Agganis Arena is a state-of-the-art, multipurpose sports and entertainment center that opened in January 2005.
“We are excited to once again host the America East tournament,” said BU head coach Dennis Wolff. “Hosting at Agganis will make it an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.”
The Terriers opened Agganis Arena’s men’s basketball era with a resounding 61-55 victory over conference rival University of Vermont on Feb. 12. A total of 5,736 fans were in attendance — by far the largest crowd ever to see a Boston University home basketball game in an on-campus facility. The women’s team defeated the Catamounts, 75-42, earlier in the day in the first-ever basketball game at Agganis Arena.
The nine-team championship begins with a first-round game on Friday, March 2, 2007. Quarterfinal and semifinal games follow on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4, respectively. The championship game will be played Saturday, March 10 at the home court of the higher remaining seed.
BU also hosted the men’s basketball tournament in 2003 and 2004.
For more information, please access www.bu.edu/athletics.