The NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament is getting a makeover in 2023.
On Friday, the governing body announced that the upcoming tournament will change from a four-host format to a two-host format in the regional rounds (Sweet Sixteen and Elite 8).
Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, will host eight teams, and Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle will host the remaining eight.
There are a few obvious things to note here:
- One of the host sites in South Carolina is at least a small advantage for Dawn Staley’s South Carolina Gamecocks, although the defending national champions probably won’t need that advantage if they’re as good as they are. ‘advertisement.
- With only two sites, there will be school fans who will have to really travel to support their team.
The NCAA has announced that the women’s roster will be revealed on Draft Sunday (March 12) on ESPN. Additionally, the 2023 regionals will move to a two-host format, with eight teams at both Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, and Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.
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The updated playoff structure follows the WNBA’s playoff restructuring.
In the coming weeks, the W will enter its 2022 playoffs with eight teams competing in four opening series, the best of three series’ – a welcome addition and a significant change from the old setup.
Learn more about the WNBA playoff countdown. read here.