Compaq Center At San Jose To Host 2003 Pac-10 Women's Tournament

March 1, 2002

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EUGENE, Ore. - Compaq Center at San Jose will be the site of the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

The 10-team postseason tournament, which begins its inaugural run today at the University of Oregon's McArthur Court, will move to a neutral site beginning next year.

'The Pac-10 is pleased to be able to conduct its 2003 Women's Basketball Tournament in San Jose,' Hansen said. 'The City has demonstrated great interest in women's basketball, such as when it hosted a very successful NCAA Women's Final Four, and we expect it will support the Pac-10 Tournament very well.

'Also, Compaq Center will be a fine neutral site. It is a beautiful facility, which will add to the atmosphere of our event. Our coaches and players will enjoy competing there.'

San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales will serve as honorary chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the tournament, slated for March 7-10, 2003.

'Pac-10 women's basketball and San Jose are an ideal combination,' said Gonzales. 'Together, we will make this tournament a great success for the schools, players, and our community.'

Former San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer will chair the Local Organizing Committee.

'I am thrilled that the Pac-10 has selected San Jose,' Hammer said. 'Over the past 10 years, the San Jose Sports Authority and the City of San Jose have demonstrated the ability to host first-class events. I have no doubt this event will be a tremendous success.'

Compaq Center, home to the NHL's San Jose Sharks, was the site of the NCAA Women's Final Four in 1999.

'We are pleased to be hosting the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament beginning in 2003,' said Jim Goddard, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Compaq Center at San Jose.

'The Pac-10 Tournament adds to an already impressive list of women's sporting events that have been held at Compaq Center. Our organization is excited to be working with the Pac-10 tomake this annual tournament a success for fans and participants.'

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