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For the first time since 1961, Madison Square Garden will host NCAA tournament games, more specifically, the East Regional of the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
In an interview with ESPN, NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt said, "We are excited about the tournament returning to the world's most famous arena."
There are major renovations taking place at the Garden right now, but the project should be complete before the tournament. Despite there being about 50 years since the last NCAA tournament game in the Garden, they are number four, in the amount of NCAA tournament games hosted by an arena.
The brand-new Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn is hosted the Barclays Center Classic last Friday. Kentucky, who’s ranked third in the nation, played in the Barclays Classic. Indiana, Georgetown, and Georgia are among a few teams playing in the Progressive Legends Classic.
The New York fans will definitely have a good show in their city. According to the AP, “Madison Square Garden played host to 71 tournament games between 1943 and 1961.”
For many people who were unable to witness the tournament in that area, it will prove to be exciting.