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Get Rowdy in Reed!

2nd Round: March 19, 8:30pm, Reed Arena vs Arkansas

Fans are asked to request ticket information for the second round and for regional games through the 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center online at tickets.12thmanfoundation.com or by phone at 1-888-99-AGGIE.

 

Get Rowdy in Reed!

2nd Round: March 19, 8:30pm, Reed Arena vs Arkansas

Fans are asked to request ticket information for the second round and for regional games through the 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center online at tickets.12thmanfoundation.com or by phone at 1-888-99-AGGIE.

TEXAS A&M ALL-TIME NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (9) 
2012 – TBA (No. 3 seed)

2011 – NCAA National Champion (No. 2 seed)
2010 – NCAA Second Round (No. 2 seed)* 
2009 – NCAA Sweet 16 (No. 2 seed) 
2008 – NCAA Elite Eight (No. 2 seed)* 
2007 – NCAA Second Round (No. 4 seed) 
2006 – NCAA First Round (No. 6 seed) 
1996 – NCAA First Round (No. 7 seed)* 
1994 – NCAA Sweet 16 (No. 13 seed) 
* NCAA Automatic Bid

When fans converge on Reed Arena, it will be a whole new experience for Aggieland.

TEXAS A&M WOMEN’S BASKETBALL did host an NCAA tournament first round game back in 1994 at the G. Rollie White Coliseum, but “the games have changed a lot since then,” says Steve Miller, director of events at Texas A&M University. This is the first year for Texas A&M to host a tournament at this level.  In fact, Texas A&M was rejected after bidding to host the 2011 NCAA tournament so the first victory came when the athletic department submitted a bid to host the 2012 games and was selected for the first and second rounds.

“The top teams usually host the games, so this is very important for our program,” says Miller. “We are also waiting to hear if we will be selected to host a 2013 tournament round as well.”  If the Lady Aggies qualify for the playoffs, one advantage of hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament is giving the team a home court advantage.

“Playing at home gives our girls a tremendous advantage,” says Vic Schaefer, associate head coach for the Texas A&M Women’s Basketball Team. “If the girls make it to the playoffs I know they would be excited for their friends, family and Texas A&M to have the opportunity to watch the games.” It will mean a lot to the girls to simply “sleep in their own bed at night rather then a hotel room,” says Schaefer.   Of the 64 teams hosting NCAA tournament rounds this year, Texas A&M is ranked third in attendance and tickets sold for games. The Texas A&M Women’s Basketball team alone sold 435,000 in ticket sales just last year.    

“We have a great crowd; it gives our student athletes such a positive experience,” Miller says. “Our season ticket holders have done a great job this year,” adds Schaefer.   Besides an adrenaline rush and hoop thrills, hosting these tournament rounds will provide an economic rush to both the university and the community. Bill Byrne, director of athletics at Texas A&M, put the impact in terms of dollars and good sense during a presentation at the recent Economic Outlook Conference sponsored by the B/CS Chamber of Commerce.

Just one statistic highlighted during Bryne’s power-point presentation notes that “championship events utilize 1,500-2,000 room nights per year for official travel party alone.” It all adds up to a huge economic boon for the two cities.   With the decision to move Texas A&M into the Southeastern Conference, the university has opened doors that many predict will improve both the university’s brand and market strength. By increasing Texas A&M’s visibility and stability in the college sports arena, school officials are hopeful the financial future of Aggie athletics – along with the community that supports the Aggies – will keep setting new records along with its teams. 

 For more information on the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, visit aggieathletics.com or ncaa.com.