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Men’s NCAA tournament returns to Hartford after 21 years

HARTFORD — The NCAA men's Division I Basketball Tournament is coming back to Hartford for the first time in 21 years.

The XL Center will host eight teams for games on Thursday and Saturday, with practices open to the public on Wednesday and Friday. Hartford previously hosted the NCAA men’s games at the XL Center (formerly the Hartford Civic Center) in 1983, 1985, 1988, 1990 and 1998.

City officials expect the event to pump an estimated $7.7 million into the local economy.

The city will learn Sunday which teams are headed to Hartford.

Connecticut also is expected to host the first two rounds of the women's tournament, which is played at the home arena of the highest seeds.

UConn is expected to be the top seed in the Albany Regional, when those brackets are revealed on Monday. Those games will be played at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.

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