University Arena likely will be the site of the Western Athletic Conference's men's and women's basketball tournaments in 1996, WAC Commissioner Karl Benson said.
The Pit already has been named site of the 1995 WAC tournament.Benson, visiting Albuquerque Tuesday to introduce himself to the University of New Mexico athletic department, said the league can't afford to wait until after the 1995 tournament to make a decision on the 1996 site.
"It's in the WAC's best interest if we plan on settling here for two years," he said.
The WAC awarded the tournament to UNM during a special meeting of the 10 athletic directors in late May. The athletic directors said they weren't prepared to award the tourney to UNM for 1996 until they saw revenues from the 1995 event.