Rupp Arena to host its first NCAA women's tourney games since 1986
The NCAA women's basketball tournament Is heading back to Lexington, Kentucky, for the first time since 1986.
The NCAA announced Thursday that Rupp Arena will be a regional host site for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 tournaments. The other 2016 regional sites are Bridgeport, Connecticut, Dallas and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which will be a first-time site.
In addition to Bridgeport and Lexington, Oklahoma and Stockton, California, will host the regional rounds in 2017. Albany, New York; Kansas City, Missouri; Lexington and Spokane, Washington were chosen regional hosts in 2018.
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch calls the announcement ''great news'' and says it will play a major role in the city's ''renaissance.''