As March approaches, college basketball fans across the country are preparing for the madness. From the conference tournaments to the NCAA Tournament the time between March and early April is a college basketball fans dream. With 300+ games taking place from the first conference tournament contest to the National Championship, it truly is March Madness.
As always, the NCAA Tournament will take its madness to arenas, centers, and pavilions all over the nation. The second and third rounds are scheduled for March 21-24 at the following venues:
- Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, Michigan
- Frank Erwin Center – Austin, Texas
- Sprint Center – Kansas City, Missouri
- Energy Solutions Arena – Salt Lake City, Utah
- Rupp Arena – Lexington, Kentucky
- HP Pavilion – San Jose, California
- UD Arena – Dayton, Ohio
- Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The second and third rounds are always exciting as it is a massive amount of basketball played in just a short span of time. After four days of competition at these various venues only 16 teams will remain in the NCAA Tournament.
Commonly known as the Sweet 16, the Regional Semi-finals will venture off to another set of venues. These venues will also host the Regional Finals, or as it is better known, the Elite 8. The tournament is broken down into four regions (West, South, Midwest, East) and each is played at a separate location. Two of the four venues are ones that normally sanction a sport other than basketball and will require a face lift before the NCAA Tournament can set forth. Home to the West Regionals, the Staples Center is more than familiar with the basketball setup as it is the home of the Lakers and Clippers. The East Regionals hangs on to the basketball venue theme as well taking over the Verizon Center home to the Washington Wizards.As for the remaining two, both are normally filled by football fans and will take on a whole new perspective as basketball fans fill the seats.
The South Regionals will take place at the one and only Dallas Cowboys Stadium. In order to accommodate to a much smaller field of play floor seats will be brought in to surround a wood court that was once 100 yards of turf.
The Midwest Regionals will take a similar approach moving in on the field of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. However, for this set up the basketball court will go up surrounded with floor seating in the south end-zone leaving only a portion of the stadium available for seating.
From here the NCAA Tournament will pack up once again and travel to Atlanta, Georgia to transform yet another football stadium for the most anticipated span of the tournament — the Final Four. The Georgia Dome, home to the Atlanta Falcons, will undergo similar changes to that of Jerry-World. Floor seating will be brought in to surround the court that will be placed in the middle of the field.
The most exciting time in college basketball is upon us so don’t get caught watching the games on television wishing you were there instead. Tickets won’t last forever so act fast and get that front row seat to be a part of all the Madness and don’t forget to follow the March Madness bracket at TicketCity.