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Las Vegas Among Men's Basketball NCAA Tournament Regional Hosts in 2023-26

Monday, October 19, 2020   /   by Ken Couture

Las Vegas Among Men's Basketball NCAA Tournament Regional Hosts in 2023-26

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The NCAA men's DI basketball tournament will have a bigger presence on the West Coast in coming years as Las Vegas, San Francisco and Seattle have been chosen as host sites.


The NCAA today announced roughly 450 future sites for tournaments across all sports and divisions from 2023 through 2026. First- and second-round games and regionals in the NCAA men's DI basketball tournament are a part of that. Some notable sites to look forward to are (the complete list is below):


    • 2023: Las Vegas, regional host
    • 2024: Los Angeles, regional host
    • 2025: Seattle, first and second round
    • 2025: San Francisco, regional host
    • 2026: San Jose, regional host

NCAA.com's Andy Katz discussed the selections with NCAA Senior Vice President for Basketball Dan Gavitt, which you can watch in full above.


Here are some of the highlights of their discussion:


    • Dan Gavitt on high-profile cities out West being named NCAA tournament sites: "Very exciting to be able to reward three new, or relatively new, places as you mentioned in Seattle, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Of course, we'll be in San Francisco the Chase Center in 2022, it'll be the first time since 1960 we've in San Francisco for the NCAA tournament and Seattle since the Final Four was held in the King Dome way back when, it's been a long time since we've been able to regularly have the tournament in Seattle, a great city. Renovated, new facility there. Looking forward to being in Seattle and of course, very newsworthy to be in Las Vegas for the NCAA tournament for the first time. The 2023 men's regional will be held there."
    • Gavitt on the committee's desire to select Las Vegas for the first time: "I think quite a bit (of an appetite). I think they were interested for a number of years now and certainly since the policy changed and made it permissible. So many conference tournaments have had great success in Las Vegas, the number of hotel rooms is enormous as we know. Of course, entertainment options outside of sports are plentiful and transportation in and out of Las Vegas is accessible from all over the country, so many different reasons why it's a favorable place to hold NCAA Championships."
    • Gavitt on the committee's decision to award Las Vegas a regional rather than a first/second-round site: "Interestingly, the Basketball Committee decided to award a regional there and not a first- and second-round site. Normally in a new site like that, you would go first and second round first before you consider a regional but I think they took into consideration that there are so many conference tournaments that having a first and second-round site would mean back-to-back, in some cases back-to-back-to-back, weekends of basketball tournaments in Las Vegas and so having a week in between the last conference tournaments that will be held there, then the first and second rounds at another site, back to Las Vegas for the regionals made more sense in their minds."
    • Gavitt on the First Four staying in Dayton: "Well, UD Arena has hosted more NCAA tournaments games as one venue than any other in the country. The University of Dayton and the Dayton community take incredible pride in tipping off March Madness every year with the First Four. It's been a very successful place from a fan attendance standpoint, from a team experience standpoint, from a centrality of the location in the country to get teams in and out to start and to go on to the first-round sites after those teams advance. While we did consider other options, Dayton continues to win the day and really excited to be now bring four more years of First Four to Dayton, which will ensure the 25th anniversary of their first time hosting in 2001 will take place during this bid cycle."
    • Gavitt on a heavy presence of sites in the great New York area: "It's got a such a rich history in the New York metropolitan history, Newark and the Prudential Center was also awarded during this cycle, as was Albany, the state capital of New York. So really, a lot of incredible venues and communities to host first round, second round and regional play in New York, in the metropolitan area there, New Jersey, so excited to bring those games there."
    • Gavitt on 2020 sites being awarded future NCAA tournament games in the next cycle: "Speaking of Final Four sites, the disappointment we all experienced with the 2020 March Madness and Final Four not being able to get to Atlanta to crown a national champion. We were able to – the committee was supportive of during this bid cycle in '23 through '26, every site that was due to host during the 2020 cycle will be hosting during this time period, so we can at least bring the March Madness experience, back to those communities."

Here is the complete list:


DATE


CHAMPIONSHIP


HOST(S)


CITY


STATE


VENUE


2023


DI M Basketball First Four


Dayton


Dayton


OH


University of Dayton Arena


2023


DI M Basketball First/Second


MAAC


Albany


NY


Times Union Center


2023


DI M Basketball First/Second


SEC


Birmingham


AL


Legacy Arena


2023


DI M Basketball First/Second


Ohio State


Columbus


OH


Nationwide Arena


2023


DI M Basketball First/Second


Mountain West


Denver


CO


Pepsi Center


2023


DI M Basketball First/Second


Drake, Des Moines Area Sports Commission


Des Moines


IA


Wells Fargo Arena


2023


DI M Basketball First/Second


ACC


Greensboro


NC


Greensboro Coliseum


2023


DI M Basketball First/Second


UCF, Greater Orlando Sports Commission


Orlando


FL


Amway Center


2023


DI M Basketball First/Second


Sacramento State, Sacramento Sports Commission


Sacramento


CA


Golden 1 Center


2023


DI M Basketball Regional


Big 12, Kansas City Sports Commission


Kansas City


MO


T-Mobile Center


2023


DI M Basketball Regional


UNLV, MGM Resorts International


Las Vegas


NV


T-Mobile Arena


2023


DI M Basketball Regional


Louisville


Louisville


KY


KFC YUM! Center


2023


DI M Basketball Regional


Big East/St. John's


New York


NY


Madison Square Garden


April 1/3, 2023


DI M Basketball Final Four


Rice, Houston, Texas Southern


Houston


TX


NRG Stadium


DATE


CHAMPIONSHIP


HOST(S)


CITY


STATE


VENUE


2024


DI M Basketball First Four


Dayton


Dayton


OH


University of Dayton Arena


2024


DI M Basketball First/Second


Atlantic 10


Brooklyn


NY


Barclays Center


2024


DI M Basketball First/Second


Charlotte


Charlotte


NC


Spectrum Center


2024


DI M Basketball First/Second


IUPUI/Horizon League, Indiana Sports Corp


Indianapolis


IN


Bankers Life Fieldhouse


2024


DI M Basketball First/Second


Memphis


Memphis


TN


FedEx Forum


2024


DI M Basketball First/Second


Creighton 


Omaha


NE


CHI Health Center Omaha


2024


DI M Basketball First/Second


Duquesne, SportsPITTSBURGH


Pittsburgh


PA


PPG Paints Arena


2024


DI M Basketball First/Second


Utah


Salt Lake City


UT 


Vivint Smart Home Arena


2024


DI M Basketball First/Second


Idaho


Spokane


WA


Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena


2024


DI M Basketball Regional


Boston College


Boston


MA


TD Garden


2024


DI M Basketball Regional


Big 12, Dallas Sports Commission 


Dallas


TX


American Airlines Center


2024


DI M Basketball Regional


Detroit Mercy/Oakland


Detroit


MI


Little Caesars Arena


2024


DI M Basketball Regional


Pepperdine


Los Angeles


CA


STAPLES Center


April 6/8, 2024


DI M Basketball Final Four


Arizona State


Phoenix


AZ


State Farm Stadium


DATE


CHAMPIONSHIP


HOST(S)


CITY


STATE


VENUE


2025


DI M Basketball First Four


Dayton


Dayton


OH


University of Dayton Arena


2025


DI M Basketball First/Second


MAC, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission


Cleveland


OH


Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse


2025


DI M Basketball First/Second


Mountain West


Denver


CO


Pepsi Center


2025


DI M Basketball First/Second


Marquette


Milwaukee


WI


Fiserv Forum


2025


DI M Basketball First/Second


Providence


Providence


RI


Dunkin' Donuts Center


2025


DI M Basketball First/Second


NC State


Raleigh


NC


PNC Arena


2025


DI M Basketball First/Second


Kentucky


Lexington


KY


Rupp Arena


2025


DI M Basketball First/Second


Washington


Seattle 


WA


Climate Pledge Arena


2025


DI M Basketball First/Second


Wichita State


Wichita 


KS


Intrust Bank Arena


2025


DI M Basketball Regional


Georgia Tech


Atlanta


GA


State Farm Arena


2025


DI M Basketball Regional


IUPUI/Horizon League, Indiana Sports Corp


Indianapolis


IN


Lucas Oil Stadium


2025


DI M Basketball Regional


Seton Hall


Newark


NJ


Prudential Center


2025


DI M Basketball Regional


Pac-12


San Francisco


CA


Chase Center


April 5/7, 2025


DI M Basketball Final Four


UTSA, Incarnate Word


San Antonio


TX


Alamodome


DATE


CHAMPIONSHIP


HOST(S)


CITY


STATE


VENUE


2026


DI M Basketball First Four


Dayton


Dayton


OH


University of Dayton Arena


2026


DI M Basketball First/Second


MAAC, Pegula Sports and Entertainment


Buffalo


NY


KeyBank Center


2026


DI M Basketball First/Second


Furman, Southern Conference


Greenville


SC


Bon Secours Wellness Arena


2026


DI M Basketball First/Second


South Florida, Tampa Bay Sports Commission


Tampa


FL


Amalie Arena


2026


DI M Basketball First/Second


Big 12, Greater OKC Sports Authority


Oklahoma City


OK


Chesapeake Energy Arena


2026


DI M Basketball First/Second


Saint Joseph's, PHL Sports


Philadelphia


PA


Wells Fargo Center


2026


DI M Basketball First/Second


Oregon State, Rose Quarter


Portland


OR


Moda Center


2026


DI M Basketball First/Second


San Diego State


San Diego


CA


Viejas Arena


2026


DI M Basketball First/Second


Missouri Valley, St. Louis Sports Commission 


St. Louis


MO


Enterprise Center


2026


DI M Basketball Regional


Northwestern


Chicago


IL


United Center


2026


DI M Basketball Regional


Houston, Harris County - Houston Sports Authority


Houston


TX


Toyota Center


2026


DI M Basketball Regional


San Jose State, San Jose Sports Authority


San Jose


CA


SAP Center


2026


DI M Basketball Regional


Georgetown


Washington


DC


Capitol One Arena


April 4/6, 2026


DI M Basketball Final Four


IUPUI/Horizon League


Indianapolis


IN


Lucas Oil Stadium


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