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Thursday / October 22.
  • Madison Square Garden, Prudential Center to host NCAA East Regionals in 2023 and ’25

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    St. John’s will host the 2023 NCAA East Regional at Madison Square Garden, while Seton Hall and the Prudential Center will host the East Regional in 2025, it was announced Wednesday.

    “We are honored that the NCAA has chosen to bring the Tournament back to The World’s Most Famous Arena in 2023,” said Joel Fisher, Executive Vice President, Marquee Events and Operations, MSG Entertainment.  “Madison Square Garden has hosted the biggest events in sports and entertainment, including the very best in college basketball for over 85 years.  The return of the NCAA Regional Final in 2023 will add another chapter to The Garden’s illustrious history.”

    The NCAA Tournament returned to Madison Square Garden in 2014 for the East Regional Finals, the first NCAA Tournament games held at MSG since 1961. UConn won the Regional and went on to win a National Championship. The Tournament returned to MSG in 2017, where South Carolina beat Florida to claim the East Regional Final title, setting up the University’s first appearance in the NCAA Final Four.  The 2023 East Regional Finals will mark the 19th time the NCAA Tournament will be hosted by The Garden. 

    The Rock last hosted the East Regional in 2011 when Kentucky beat North Carolina in the Regional final.

    The East Regionals for the next few years look like this:

    2021 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn

    2022 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

    2023 – Madison Square Garden, NYC

    2024 – Boston Garden

    2025 – Prudential Center, Newark

    2026 – Washington, D.C.

    The Final Fours from 2023-26 will run in Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.