Media Advisory: NCAA

Beyond the varsity athletes, the coaches, officials, cheerleaders, bands and all the many fans that will converge on the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport this weekend, is another important story.

The opening rounds of the NCAA Division I Women's Championship, hosted by Fairfield University and its Athletics Department, provide an unsurpassed opportunity to showcase the City of Bridgeport and the surrounding region as a first class venue for big-time sports and entertainment. Planning the execution of this complex and exciting event has involved hundreds of individuals from government and civic organizations as well as the private sector who have put their time, energy and passion into making this event first-class and one of which all of Southwestern Connecticut may be proud.

As you cover the events leading up to and during the tournament, consider the following individuals as resources for this story:

Gene Doris, Fairfield University Director of Athletics - contact (203) 395-6121

Mayor of Bridgeport John Fabrizi - contact Caryn Kaufman at (203) 576-3977

Tom Chiappetta, President, Coastal Fairfield County Sports Commission - contact (203) 984-4806

Ken Paul - co-owner of the Bridgeport Bluefish and principal, BridgeSports, a Bridgeport sports and entertainment marketing firm - contact (203) 345-4800 ext. 102

You may also contact, Martha Milcarek, spokesperson for Fairfield University and assistant vice president for public relations, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2118 or (203) 395-5149

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Media Contact: Martha Milcarek, Asst. Vice President for Public Relations, (203) 254-4190

Posted on March 17, 2004

Vol. 36, No. 232

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