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

Las Vegas NCAA.jpgThe 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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