PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Dates have been set for the 16 sites for the first and second rounds of the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, with Rutgers University playing host to games on Saturday, March 21 and Monday, March 23 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Rutgers is one of 16 host sites for the first and second round games that leads to four regional sites (Oakland, Raleigh, Oklahoma City and Trenton) for the Sweet 16, and culminates with the 2009 Final Four at the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis, Mo. The other 15 first and second round host schools include New Mexico, LSU, Western Kentucky, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Maryland, Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan State, Iowa, Texas Tech, Notre Dame, USC, San Diego State, Washington and Connecticut.
The 8,000-seat arena, also known as the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) has played host to several NCAA Championship games, most recently serving as the host site for the 2001 first and second round games as the Scarlet Knights were one of the top seeds in the tournament that season. The RAC also hosted NCAA Championship games in 1999 and 2000.
The 2009 NCAA Championship marks the first time Rutgers will host an NCAA Championship game since pre-determined sites were adopted beginning with the 2003 Championship.
The Louis Brown Athletic Center, the home of the Scarlet Knights since the 1977-78 season, has also hosted the 2002 and 2003 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship.
Ticket information and game times will be available at a later date.