NCAA announces all men's tourney sites for 2016, 2017, 2018
Let's span the nation and see which cities are hosting when. Lots of great choices.
The NCAA Tournament is officially set for the next four years. We found out Friday night the order of the Final Fours through 2021. Indianapolis (2015, 2021) bookends a cycle that will also include Houston (2016), Phoenix (2017), San Antonio (2018), Minneapolis (2019) and Atlanta (2020).
Now we know where the first and second weekend sites will be for the NCAA Tournaments of 2016, 2017 and 2018. The formal announcements were made Monday afternoon.
For 2016: Brooklyn and Des Moines, two spots that have never hosted NCAA Tournament games, will get their first opportunity. Other cities getting nods for the first weekend in 2016: Providence, St. Louis, Raleigh, Oklahoma City, Denver and Spokane. The regionals that year (Sweet 16 and Elite Eight) will be played in Philadelphia, Chicago, Louisville and Anaheim.
For 2017: Buffalo, Greensboro, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Orlando, Tulsa, Sacramento, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis get first-weekend duties. For the regionals, Kansas City, San Jose, Memphis and New York City (Madison Square Garden). I wrote previously how obvious a call this is. Put the thing in MSG as often as possible.
For 2018: Wichita hasn't hosted an NCAA Tournament game since ... 1994. But it will in 2018. Other cities on the list: Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Nashville, Dallas, Boise and San Diego. The Sweet 16/Elite Eight games that year will be in Boston, Omaha, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Best of all? No domes until the Final Four. Absolutely the way to go here.
“This is a national tournament and the sites selected by the committee being spread out geographically reflect that fact,” NCAA vice president for men's basketball Dan Gavitt said. “It’s also worth noting that the dozen regional sites chosen for this bid cycle do not include any domed venues, which emphasizes our commitment to not necessarily using future Final Four venues as regional sites.”
The NCAA also announced the First Four will remain in Dayton through 2018. Thankfully, the term "second round" when talking about the Round of 64 is going the way of the dodo. The NCAA voted to once again refer to the Round of 64 as the "first round" beginning in 2016.
"The purpose of referring to those games as the second and third rounds was to sway people to use first round or better yet First Four when referencing the games in Dayton,” Gavitt said. "No one in our membership was fond of ‘play-in’ games because of the implication that you had to win those games to make the tournament, which couldn’t be further from the truth. People now understand the First Four is the start of the tournament, so it will continue to be branded as such, and the weekend games will now go back to being the first two rounds.”
As for the 2015 NCAA Tournament, Jacksonville, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Columbus, Omaha, Seattle and Portland will host for the first weekend. The regionals will be held in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Syracuse and Houston.
For a clean look at the sites for the NCAAs for 2016-2018, take a gander. And start saving up for tickets/vacation now.
The road to Houston will go through… pic.twitter.com/X9D8VpPxOL— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) November 17, 2014
The road to Phoenix will go through… pic.twitter.com/Y2zIb1fp2Y— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) November 17, 2014
The road to San Antonio will go through… pic.twitter.com/Hl51fmA3b1— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) November 17, 2014
|March 15-16||Dayton||First Four||Dayton, Ohio||UD Arena|
|March 17, 19||Providence||First, Second||Providence, R.I.||Dunkin Donuts Center|
|March 17, 19||Iowa State||First, Second||Des Moines, Iowa||Wells Fargo Arena|
|March 17, 19||NC State||First, Second||Raleigh, N.C.||PNC Arena|
|March 17, 19||Mountain West||First, Second||Denver||Pepsi Coliseum|
|March 18, 20||Atlantic 10||First, Second||Brooklyn, N.Y.||Barclays Center|
|March 18, 20||Missouri Valley||First, Second||St. Louis||Scottrade Center|
|March 18, 20||Big 12||First, Second||Oklahoma City||Chesapeake Energy Arena|
|March 18, 20||Idaho||First, Second||Spokane, Wash.||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|
|March 24, 26||Big West||West Regional||Anaheim, Calif.||Honda Center|
|March 24, 26||Louisville||South Regional||Louisville, Ky.||KFC YUM! Center|
|March 25, 27||Big Ten||Midwest Regional||Chicago||United Center|
|March 25, 27||LaSalle||East Regional||Philadelphia, PA||Wells Fargo Center|
|March 14, 15||Dayton||First Four||Dayton, Ohio||UD Arena|
|March 16, 18||MAAC||First, Second||Buffalo, N.Y.||First Niagara Center|
|March 16, 18||Marquette||First, Second||Milwaukee||BMO Harris Bradley Center|
|March 16, 18||UCF, Stetson||First, Second||Orlando, Fla.||Amway Center|
|March 16, 18||Utah||First, Second||Salt Lake City||EnergySolutions Arena|
|March 17, 19||ACC||First, Second||Greensboro, N.C.||Greensboro Coliseum|
|March 17, 19||Horizon, IUPUI||First, Second||Indianapolis||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|March 17, 19||Tulsa||First, Second||Tulsa, Okla.||BOK Center|
|March 17, 19||CSU Sacramento||First, Second||Sacramento, Calif.||Entertainment and Sports Center|
|March 23, 25||Big 12||Midwest Regional||Kansas City||Sprint Center|
|March 23,25||Pac-12||West Regional||San Jose, Calif.||SAP Center|
|March 24, 26||Memphis||South Regional||Memphis, Tenn.||FedExForum|
|March 24, 26||St. John's, Big East||East Regional||New York||Madison Square Garden|
|March 13-14||Dayton||First Four||Dayton, Ohio||UD Arena|
|March 15, 17||Duquesne||First, Second||Pittsburgh||CONSOL Energy Center|
|March 15, 17||Wichita State, MVC||First, Second||Wichita, Kan.||Intrust Bank Arena|
|March 15, 17||Big 12||First, Second||Dallas||American Airlines Center|
|March 15, 17||Boise State||First, Second||Boise, Idaho||Taco Bell Arena|
|March 16, 18||UNC Charlotte||First, Second||Charlotte, N.C.||Time Warner Cable Arena|
|March 16, 18||Detroit, Mercy||First, Second||Detroit||New Detroit Arena|
|March 16, 18||Ohio Valley||First, Second||Nashville, Tenn.||Bridgestone Arena|
|March 16, 18||San Diego State||First, Second||San Diego||Viejas Arena|
|March 22, 24||Georgia Tech||South Regional||Atlanta||Philips Arena|
|March 22, 24||Pepperdine||West Regional||Los Angeles||Staples Center|
|March 23, 25||Boston College||East Regional||Boston||TD Garden|
|March 23, 25||Creighton||Midwest Regional||Omaha, Neb.||CenturyLink Center|
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