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The Auburn University Athletics Department is pleased to serve as host of the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship first/second rounds at Auburn Arena. For members of the media assigned to cover this event, the items listed below should help provide key information to those who need to obtain credentials and work this round of the tournament. We look forward to your visit to Auburn.

Media Schedule



The 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship first/second rounds will be played at Auburn Arena in Auburn, Ala., on March 20 and 22. Sunday's first round game times are at 4 p.m. (Samford vs. Florida State) and 6:30 p.m. CT (Middle Tennessee vs. Georgia). Tuesday's second round contest is slated for 8:30 p.m. CT. The 2011 championship bracket will be announced on Monday, March 14 at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN (Game times are subject to change). Printable Bracket Get Acrobat Reader


General media desiring credentials/parking to cover tournament games in Auburn must apply online at www.NCAA.com/media. There you will find links to the NCAA's online registration system as well as instructions, credential criteria and media policies. The deadline for application for local media credentials is March 6, 2011. Media questions should be directed to Assistant A.D. for Media Relations Kirk Sampson or co-media coordinator Matt Crouch by calling 334/844-9800. Media covering a specific team playing in Auburn should request credentials, parking and lodging through the participating institution's media relations representative.


Media credentials may be picked up at the Auburn Arena media entrance, which is described below under the heading "Media Entrance," during the following times: Saturday, March 19 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.), Sunday, March 20 (1 p.m.), Monday, March 21 (noon - 2 p.m.), Tuesday, March 22 (5:30 p.m.). A photo I.D. must be shown before individual credentials will be granted.


The media headquarters for the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball first and second rounds will be the Hilton Garden Inn. General media must make reservations online at www.NCAA.com/media, while media specifically covering one of the four teams must make their request via that school's media relations representative.


Media parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Student Activities Center lot, with entrance on Heisman Drive. The lot is located South, across the street from Auburn Arena. Admission is done by name on a list, with only those who have requested parking via the NCAA online credentialing system being granted admission.


Satellite truck parking is located in the Student Activities Center lot, with entrance on Heisman Drive. The lot is located South, across the street from Auburn Arena. Spaces are limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 334/844-9800 to make arrangements.


The media entrance to Auburn Arena is located off the main parking lot on the Southeast Corner of the Arena. Enter the doors marked Scholarship Entrance.


Upon entering Auburn Arena, the media work room is located off the hallway immediately to the right. In addition to offering work space and telephones (credit card, toll-free and operated-assisted calls only), this area will also contain media kits from all four teams and closed-circuit television monitors to provide viewing of press conferences and games in progress. The media workroom opens at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, 11 a.m. on Monday, March 21, and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22.


All press conferences will be held in the Courtside Club, which is located across the hall from the media workroom. Team news conferences on Saturday and Monday as well as post-game news conferences on Sunday and Tuesday will be held here. Please see the schedule of events for times.


Prior to the first set of games on Sunday and the contest on Tuesday, pre-game media meals will be served in the Courtside Club, located across the hall from the media workroom. Sunday's meals are at 2 & 5:30 p.m. Tuesday's meal is at 6:30 p.m.


Light snacks and beverages for the media will be located adjacent to the media work room.


Auburn University will provide complete in-game statistical services as well as coach and player quotes from all news conferences during the championship. All those documents will be available in the media workroom and stats will be distributed courtside as well as to the post-game news conferences. A faxing/e-mail service will also be offered upon request. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the wall inside the main media workroom in Auburn Arena.


There will be a limited number of telephones (credit card, toll-free and operator) located in the media workroom at Auburn Arena. Individual media telephone service will be provided by Auburn University at the media outlet's expense. Media representatives should contact the Auburn media relations office at 334/844-9800 to order individual telephone services.


Photographers working the NCAA first and second rounds will be assigned a specific photo box on the floor with the photographer's affiliation marking the box. A diagram of photo box assignments will be placed in the media workroom and at courtside prior to the Sunday and Tuesday sessions. There is a photo distribution area next to the media workroom for photographers.


Because sessions will be broadcast by ESPN, no local television mini-cameras will be allowed in the playing arena during the three scheduled games. The NCAA does, however, allow stations to establish a site presence, so camera crews may enter the playing arena prior to the day's first game, provided they leave the area no later than 30 minutes prior to tip-off. They may not, however, "go live" inside the building at any time. There is a designated location for live shots on the South side of Auburn Arena. These policies will be strictly enforced. Stations may acquire a video feed of game action and all news conferences for their local reports by requesting access to a "mult box" in the video/audio distribution area in the Southwest corner of the Auburn Arena next to the ESPN production trucks.


Following the cooling-off period, the coaches and designated student-athletes will be brought to the interview area located in the North end of the Courtside Club. The period begins when the head coach reaches the locker room area and will be 10 minutes for the losing team and 15 minutes for the winning team. A coach may shorten the cooling-off period but may not extend it. The locker room shall be open to the media for 30 minutes after the cooling-off period ends, providing media representatives are present the entire time.


Saturday, March 19, 2011
9:30 a.m. 4 p.m. Credential Distribution
9:30 a.m. 7 p.m. Media Workroom Hours
10:50 11:20 a.m. Florida State News Conference
11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Florida State Practice (First 15 minutes open to media)
noon 1:30 p.m. Media Buffet
12:30 1 p.m. Samford News Conference
1:10 2:40 p.m. Samford Practice (First 15 minutes open to media)
2 2:30 p.m. Georgia News Conference
2:45 4:15 p.m. Georgia Practice (First 15 minutes open to media)
3:30 4 p.m. Middle Tennessee News Conference
4:20 5:50 p.m. Middle Tennessee Practice (First 15 minutes open to media)
Sunday, March 20, 2011
1 p.m. Media Workroom Opens
1 p.m. Credential Distribution
2 & 5:30 p.m. Media Buffet
4 p.m. Samford vs. Florida State
6:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee vs. Georgia
Monday, March 21, 2011
11 a.m. 7 p.m. Media Workroom Hours
11 a.m. 4 p.m. Credential Distribution
12:20 12:50 p.m. Florida State News Conference
1 2:30 p.m. Florida State Practice (Closed)
2 2:30 p.m. Georgia News Conference
2:40 4:10 p.m. Georgia Practice (Closed)
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
5:30 p.m. Media Workroom Opens
5:30 p.m. Credential Distribution
6:30 p.m. Media Buffet
8:30 p.m. Georgia vs. Florida State

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