When FedExForum opened about 2-and-a-half years ago, thoughts of hosting NCAA Tournaments were dancing through Memphians minds...
It hasn't happened..
But, now it will.
Thursday, the NCAA announced FedExForum will host the Basketball Regional Finals in 2009 for the Men, and 2010 for the Women.
The University of Memphis is the host institution.
It's the first time Memphis has ever hosted a Men's Regional Final..
The two winners from the 4-teams playing here advance to the Final Four.
The city last hosted NCAA Tournament games in 2001 at the Pyramid, but those were First and Second round games.
This will be the second time for Memphis to host a Regional Final for the Women.
One added note, the 2010 Women's tournament lists Knoxville as a First and Second Round site...so if the Lady Vols are in it, if they advance there's a good chance they'll play in Memphis.