(CBS Connecticut) — Connecticut will host both the men’s and women’s 2015 American Athletic Conference basketball tournaments. After announcing Monday that Hartford’s XL Center will be the site for the men’s tournament, the AAC on Thursday awarded the women’s tournament to the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville for a second straight year.
Commissioner Mike Aresco told reporters Monday that he wasn’t opposed to having the two events in the same market — but at one point had been concerned about having both at the same venue in the same year. He says, however, that attendance for the women’s tournament was outstanding. “The American Athletic Conference and its member institutions are excited to return to a venue that demonstrated tremendous support for our women’s basketball tournament.” He says the facility at the Mohegan Sun is “first-rate” and praised the staff there.
Mohegan Sun President and CEO Mitchell Etess says the arena is thrilled that the tournament is returning. He says the first year was a huge success.
The AAC says all 11 AAC member schools will take part in the tournament: UConn, UCF, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, USF, SMU, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa.