Number one seed Connecticut will play #4 seed Maryland at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. Number two seed Kentucky will play #6 seed Delaware at noon on Saturday, March 30. The winners of each game play in the regional final at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1.
With more than 20,000 people expected to attend Webster Bank Arena over two days, the Bridgeport Regional will boost the local economy as fans pack local restaurants and area hotels. A street party next to the arena Saturday morning will add to the festivities.
“Bridgeport is proud to host players, coaches and fans from these four excellent programs in our thriving Downtown,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “Thanks to our partnership with Webster Bank Arena and Fairfield University, Bridgeport has served as host to many major sporting events in recent years, bringing thousands of visitors to our city and millions of viewers watching at home.”
“The ability for fans to come see an NCAA tournament game at the price we are offering is outstanding,” Howard Saffan, President of Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment, said. “Our building is one of a kind, with the latest additions of the digital scoreboard and the 800-foot ribbon board. We are thrilled to be the host venue for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Bridgeport Regional.”
As of Thursday morning, the only remaining tickets are end zone seats for Monday’s final game, available at $24.50 for adults and $19.50 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased by logging onto the Ticketmaster web site or www.ncaa.com/tickets. Fans can also purchase by visiting the Webster Bank Arena box office or by calling 800-745-3000.
"We are excited to host the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Regional at our home court, the Webster Bank Arena,” Gene Doris, Director of Athletics at Fairfield University. “Fairfield University looks forward to again working with the MAAC and the Arena to bring March Madness to the region."
“The MAAC, Fairfield University and the Webster Bank Arena look forward to hosting a successful NCAA event in Bridgeport,” Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Commissioner Rich Ensor said. “Fans from the area and throughout the country will have an opportunity to watch quality women's college basketball as four teams vie to play in the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four in New Orleans.”
Starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, a Pre-Game Party will be held at Webster Bank Arena Plaza on Main Street under the I-95 overpass. The Pre-Game Party will include live music, family fun and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public and hosted by the Downtown Special Services District, City of Bridgeport, and the Bridgeport Regional Business Council. For more information about the Pre-Game Party and more information about the restaurants and activities in downtown Bridgeport, go to www.InfoBridgeport.com.
“Connecticut loves women’s basketball and we are thrilled to host these important games,” said Michael Van Parys, President of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB). “The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau and its Connecticut Sports Commission have been working closely with the MAAC to add to the excitement and ensure that the Championship’s teams, staff, officials and fans enjoy a wonderful hospitality experience here. To welcome these visitors, our staff is delivering NCAA banners and NCAA key cards to the host hotels. In addition, hundreds of Championship lapel buttons will be worn by the staffs at the host hotels and area restaurants as they greet their guests.”
Fairfield and the Webster Bank Arena has previously hosted the Bridgeport Regional of the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship in addition to the first- and second-round games of the 2004, 2008 and 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, the East Regional of the 2009, 2011 and 2012 NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Championship, the 2011 Spark Energy MAAC Basketball Championships and the 2007 Bank of America MAAC Basketball Championships