AAC will host 2020 basketball tournament at Fort Worth’s Dickies Arena

The American Athletic Conference will hold its 2020 men’s basketball tournament at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, the conference announced Wednesday.

AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco made the announcement and said the new multipurpose arena in Fort Worth’s Cultural District will host the tournament for three years, starting in March 2020. The 14,000-seat arena is under construction and scheduled to open in November 2019.

Among the other events set for the new venue are first- and second-round games of the 2022 NCAA men’s basketball tournament and the NCAA women’s gymnastics championships from 2020-22. The arena also will host the Fort Worth Stock Show’s rodeo performances.

“We are delighted to partner with the city of Fort Worth and Dickies Arena for our 2020-22 Men’s Basketball Championships,” Aresco said. “This three-year agreement will bring our men’s championship to a vibrant, sports-minded community that embraces major events and extends wonderful hospitality to visitors. Dickies Arena is a state-of-the-art facility that our students, athletes, coaches and fans, as well as a national television audience, will enjoy.”

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– Staff and wire reports