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For the first time in its 75-year history, Pepperdine University is proud to host the 2013 NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball West Regional Championship (NCAA Sweet Sixteen® and Elite Eight®) at the STAPLES Center Thursday, Mar. 28, and Saturday, Mar. 30.
"We are proud and honored to have been selected as the host of the 2013 NCAA West Regional," says Steve Potts, Pepperdine director of athletics. "It's a tremendous opportunity to show off the city of Los Angeles to the visiting teams, their fans and the people watching on television around the country. It's also a great chance for the people of Los Angeles to enjoy one of college sports' premier events."
The Office of Alumni Affairs has acquired a select number of tickets to the games. Those interested in being added to the wait list may contact Jennifer McMillon at (310) 506-6826.
The 2013 event will be the 75th anniversary of the NCAA Championship. While Los Angeles has been a host city as part of 11 previous tournaments, the event will return here for the first time since 1994.
Los Angeles hosted the NCAA Men's Final Four® in 1968 and 1972 (UCLA won the title both years), the West Regional in 1966, 1969, 1973, 1976, 1984, and 1994 and early-round games in 1979, 1981, and 1988. UCLA also won two titles coming out of a Los Angeles-hosted West Regional in 1969 and 1973, as did Georgetown in 1984.
This will be the first NCAA Men's Basketball Championship event at Staples Center, which opened in 1999. The Los Angeles Sports Arena hosted the two Men's Final Fours and the 1994 NCAA West Regional, while UCLA's Pauley Pavilion was the site on the other eight occasions.
Also in 2013, the West Coast Conference will be the host organization for first- and second-round matchups in San Jose, Calif. The other early-round sites this year are Auburn Hills, Austin, Dayton, Kansas City, Lexington, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City.
The other regional sites in 2013 are Indianapolis, North Texas and Washington, D.C. The 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four will be played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.
For more information, visit the Pepperdine Athletics Web site.
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