USC's Galen Center Selected As Future Site of State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament

June 5, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Pacific-10 Conference has announced that the future site of the State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament will be the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California, starting with the 2008-09 season.

At its recent summer meetings, the Pac-10 Council, which is comprised of a Faculty Athletics Representative, Athletics Director, and Senior Women's Administrator from each of the Conference's 10 institutions, approved the relocation of the women's postseason tournament for the 2008-09 and 2009-2010 seasons.

In addition, the Council agreed to move back the date of the women's tournament to more closely coincide with the men's tournament.

'The Pac-10's members are anticipating that moving the women's tournament to USC's beautiful new Galen Center in Los Angeles, and playing it the same week as the men's tournament is conducted at nearby Staples Center, will create a synergy which will benefit both of these premier Pac-10 events,' said Commissioner Tom Hansen.

'We anticipate fans from each institution will attend the games of both of their teams, and participate in ancillary events for both tournaments. Having them in the nation's second largest media market also presents opportunities for the Conference, and provides an outstanding showcase for our student-athletes.

'At the same time, we deeply appreciate the manner in which the City of San Jose has embraced the Tournament during the five years it has been there,' Hansen stated.

HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., which has been the site of the Tournament since 2003, will host the 2008 Tournament, Friday March 7 through Monday, March 10, before the Conference moves the postseason event to Los Angeles.

In 2009, the men's tournament will be held Wednesday, March 3 through Saturday, March 6, while the women's tournament will be held the same week, and played Thursday, March 4 through Sunday, March 7.

The inaugural Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament was held at McArthur Court on the campus of the University of Oregon following the 2001-02 basketball season.