The tourney is headed back to MSG, in 2017. Brooklyn will also get a shot in 2016. (USATSI)
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.
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