MBJ: The American returns to Memphis
Twelve schools and their loyal fan bases will descend on Downtown Memphis in 2019.
The American Athletic Conference announced Monday, July 10, that FedExForum will be the site of the 2019 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championships.
“We are pleased to be returning to Memphis and FedExForum for our conference championship,” Mike Aresco, commissioner of the conference, said in a release. “The City of Memphis graciously welcomed us for our first-ever league tournament in 2014, and our student-athletes, coaches and fans experienced a first-class weekend. This is a great basketball town that supports and appreciates the sport.”
Aresco thanked Tom Bowen, athletic director for the University of Memphis; Jason Wexler, president of business operations for the Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum; and Kevin Kane, president and CEO of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The tournament is scheduled for March 14-17, 2019. The Amway Center in Orlando is will hold the 2018 American Men’s conference championships.
“This is the result of a remarkable collaborative effort between FedExForum leadership, Kevin Kane and his team, the City of Memphis, and my office,” Bowen said.