NCAA women's tournament chooses Rupp Arena, Connecticut as regional hosts

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The NCAA women's basketball tournament Is heading back to Lexington, Kentucky, for the first time since 1986.

The NCAA announced Thursday that Rupp Arena will be a regional host site for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 tournaments. The other 2016 regional sites are Bridgeport, Connecticut, Dallas and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which will be a first-time site.

In addition to Bridgeport and Lexington, Oklahoma and Stockton, California, will host the regional rounds in 2017. Albany, New York; Kansas City, Missouri; Lexington and Spokane, Washington were chosen regional hosts in 2018.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch calls the announcement "great news" and says it will play a major role in the city's "renaissance."