The American Athletic Conference basketball tournament is coming to Orlando.
The Central Florida Sports Commission will announce a deal to bring the American Athletic Conference tournament to the Amway Center in 2016 and 2017, according to sources with knowledge of the agreement.
Kevin Coulthart, vice president of marketing and events for the Central Florida Sports Commission, said there is a press conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, though he would not confirm details of that announcement.
The American hosted its inaugural championship tournament in Memphis in 2014. The league is set to announce the 2015 tournament will be held in Hartford.
At a VIP watch party ahead of the NCAA tournament regional in Orlando, Central Florida Sports Commission president John Bisignano confirmed the city was actively pursuing the American Athletic Conference tournament.
“We’re definitely in for 2016,” Bisignano told the Sentinel on March 16. “We met this week with [American commissioner] Mike Aresco and his team and we’re definitely in the game for that event at the Amway Center in 2016.”
UCF joined the American Athletic Conference in July of 2013, becoming an inaugural member of the re-branded league formerly known as the Big East. The American had a strong first year, with the Knights winning a BCS bowl and UConn capturing the mens’ and women’s NCAA basketball championships.
Orlando Sentinel reporter Matt Murschel contributed to this report.