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University of Dayton to open March Madness tournament through 2022
University of Dayton Athletics
University of Dayton Arena will extend its streak for tipping off March Madness to 22 years. The tournament has opened here each year since 2001.
The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee announced Tuesday, Nov. 18, the First Four of its tournament will be played at the University of Dayton Arena in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.
"We are proud that the University of Dayton, The Big Hoopla, and our community partners will continue to be the tip-off for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship," UD Vice-President and Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan said. "We appreciate that the NCAA has entrusted all of us in the Dayton region with this responsibility. It is not something that we take lightly. As in the past, we will continue to deliver capacity crowds and a premier championship experience for teams, tournament officials, fans, visiting media and broadcast partners.
"It's great that UD Arena will continue to be part of one of the nation's premier sporting events."
University of Dayton Arena has hosted more NCAA men's Division I basketball tournament games — 117 — than any other venue in the nation. It will add to that mark this spring when it hosts the 2018 First Four on March 14-15. Fans can purchase tickets for the 2018 First Four by visiting NCAA.com/mbbtickets.
University of Dayton Arena has hosted the NCAA tournament in 30 of the 48 seasons since the Arena opened in 1969. March Madness has opened in Dayton since every year since 2001 — from 2001-10 as the Opening Round and from 2011-16 as the First Four.
With the help of the First Four Local Organizing Committee in 2011, the University and region played host to Virginia Commonwealth, which went from First Four to Final Four. In 2012, it hosted U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012. In 2013, all 10 First Four and second- and third-round games sold out, setting a record. In 2014, the First Four drew capacity crowds and record-setting viewership and ratings.
The Big Hoopla First Four® Local Organizing committee, an all-volunteer group, has rallied community leaders, sponsors and organizations to showcase the Dayton region as the Epicenter of College Basketball and its commitment to hosting first-class events.
While supporting the University position as a preferred host site, the committee works collaboratively to drive significant, long-term economic value for the Dayton region by leveraging the media reach of the NCAA Tournament and March Madness to promote and advocate for the region's unique attributes – pride and respect for the military (United States Air Force and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base), a strong sense of service, an innovative history, the importance of STEM education, collaboration, and Midwestern hospitality.
It is Big Hoopla's goal to make the NCAA First Four a lifelong memory for all participants, coaches, administrators, fans, and media and to continue to solidify the NCAA First Four in Dayton.
The Hoopla Ticket Program is the committee's highly successful, charitable community outreach program. Each ticket purchased as part of the Hoopla Ticket Program is donated to a local student or Airmen and families stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). The Hoopla Ticket Program has provided, free-of charge, over 30,000 tickets in the last several years with over 7,000 tickets donated in 2017 alone.
Date Published: April 21, 2017