The Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn will host the BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament from 2021, the Conference has revealed.
The both sides’ agreement has lasted three years and will include the 2021, 2022, and 2023 postseasons. Earlier, the BIG EAST finished a three-year contract to hold the Women’s Basketball Tournament in Wintrust Arena in Chicago.
The BIG EAST’s move has followed the recent approval of the University of Connecticut to the conference as a member school. UConn has been a charter member of the BIG EAST since the conference was established in 1979. However, it officially participated in the conference on July 1, 2020.
BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman expressed his excitement when the conference had brought one of the premier competitions to Mohegan Sun Arena, one of the long-standing facilities to serve as one of the most famous women’s basketball venues in the country.
Mohegan Sun Arena is located in southeastern Connecticut, which has year-round entertainment activities with the participation of Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac, Jay Z, Jennifer Lopez, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, The Eagles, and Taylor Swift.
The 10,000-seat venue also hosts boxing championships and MMA, top-touring stand-up comedy, WWE, NCAA Division I, and professional basketball. It is home to the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun since 2003.
The past seven BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournaments took place in the Midwest, of which, the 2014-2015 season was organized at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, the 2015-2016 season at McGrath-Phillips Arena on DePaul University’s campus in Chicago, the 2016-2017 season at the Al McGuire Center on Marquette University’s campus in Milwaukee, Wis, before a three-year organization at Wintrust Arena, Chicago.
Previously, the BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament was held for ten consecutive seasons at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., following an organization of 21 years at on-campus arenas.