List of NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament venues

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The following is a list of venues that have hosted the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Venues that have not yet hosted, but have been officially announced as future tournament sites, are also included.

University of Dayton Arena, in Dayton, Ohio, has hosted more tournament games than any other venue.
Patten Gymnasium, in Evanston, Illinois, hosted the first championship game in 1939.
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
Freedom Hall in Louisville
Five Final Fours have been at New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri
The 1925 Madison Square Garden in New York City hosted six Final Fours in the 1940s.
The Palestra in Philadelphia
City Arena Opening rounds Regionals Final Four
Alabama
Birmingham BJCC Arena 1984, 1987, 2000, 2003, 2008 1982, 1985, 1988, 1995, 1997
Tuscaloosa Coleman Coliseum 1974, 1975, 1981
Arizona
Glendale University of Phoenix Stadium 2009
Phoenix US Airways Center 1999, 2004, 2008, 2012
Tempe Wells Fargo Arena 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1992, 1996
Tucson McKale Center 1977, 1979, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2011 1974, 1980
Arkansas
Little Rock (North Little Rock) Verizon Arena 2008
California
Anaheim Honda Center 2008 1998, 2001, 2003, 2011, 2014
Berkeley Haas Pavilion 1958
Long Beach Long Beach Sports Arena 1986, 1990
Los Angeles LA Sports Arena 1988 1966, 1973, 1976, 1984, 1994 1968, 1972
Los Angeles Pauley Pavilion 1969, 1979, 1981
Los Angeles Staples Center 2013, 2015
Oakland Oracle Arena 1990, 1995, 2006
Palo Alto Burnham Pavilion 1953
Sacramento Sleep Train Arena 1994, 1998, 2002, 2007
San Diego Valley View Casino Center 1975
San Diego Viejas Arena 2001, 2006, 2014
San Francisco California Coliseum 1939
San Francisco (Daly City) Cow Palace 1955, 1958 1959 1960
San Jose SAP Center at San Jose 2010, 2013 1997, 2002, 2007
Colorado
Denver McNichols Sports Arena 1999 1985, 1989, 1996 1990
Denver Pepsi Center 2004, 2008, 2011
Fort Collins Moby Arena 1967
Connecticut
Hartford XL Center 1983, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1998
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 1998, 2002, 2008, 2011 2006, 2013
Florida
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 2006, 2010, 2015
Miami Miami Arena 1994
Miami American Airlines Arena 2009
Orlando Amway Arena 1993, 1996, 1999, 2004
Orlando Amway Center 2014
St. Petersburg Tropicana Field 1994 1998 1999
Tallahassee Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center 1995
Tampa USF Sun Dome 1983
Tampa Tampa Bay Times Forum 2003, 2008, 2011
Georgia
Athens Stegeman Coliseum 1971
Atlanta Omni Coliseum 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 1981, 1984, 1986 1977
Atlanta Georgia Dome 1998 1996, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2012 2002, 2007, 2013
Idaho
Boise Taco Bell Arena 1983, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2009
Pocatello Reed Gym 1957
Pocatello Holt Arena 1972, 1974, 1977
Illinois
Carbondale SIU Arena 1969
Chicago (Rosemont) Allstate Arena 1987, 1993 2005
Chicago Chicago Stadium 1952, 1960 1953
Chicago United Center 1998, 2002, 2007, 2011
Evanston Patten Gymnasium 1939
Evanston Welsh-Ryan Arena 1958, 1963 1954, 1959, 1967 1955
Peoria Robertson Memorial Field House 1954
Indiana
Bloomington Assembly Hall 1977, 1979 1981
Evansville Roberts Municipal Stadium 1983
Fort Wayne Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 1953, 1954, 1956
Indianapolis Hinkle Fieldhouse 1940
Indianapolis Market Square Arena 1978, 1982 1979 1980
Indianapolis RCA Dome 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2005 1991, 1997, 2000, 2006
Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium 2009, 2013, 2014 2010, 2015
South Bend Edmund P. Joyce Center 1971, 1976, 1985, 1988
Terre Haute Hulman Center 1974
West Lafayette Mackey Arena 1980
Iowa
Ames Hilton Coliseum 1972
Iowa City Iowa Field House 1954, 1956, 1962, 1966
Kansas
Lawrence Allen Fieldhouse 1976, 1979 1956, 1958, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1978
Manhattan Ahearn Field House 1953, 1955, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1969
Wichita Charles Koch Arena 1956, 1966, 1973, 1978, 1981 1964, 1968, 1971
Wichita (Park City) Kansas Coliseum 1994
Kentucky
Bowling Green E. A. Diddle Arena 1965, 1980
Lexington Memorial Coliseum 1955, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1967, 1975 1957, 1958, 1965, 1968
Lexington Rupp Arena 1994, 1998, 2007, 2013 1977, 1980, 1984, 1989, 1996, 2002 1985
Louisville Freedom Hall 1983, 1991 1960, 1961, 1976, 1987 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1967, 1969
Louisville KFC Yum! Center 2012, 2015
Louisiana
Baton Rouge Pete Maravich Assembly Center 1977, 1986 1976
New Orleans Devlin Fieldhouse 1942
New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome 1999, 2001 1981, 1990 1982, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2012
New Orleans New Orleans Arena 2007, 2010 2011
Maryland
Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena 1995
College Park Cole Field House 1968, 1991 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1977 1966, 1970
Landover Capital Centre 1994
Massachusetts
Boston TD Garden 1999, 2003 2009, 2012
Worcester DCU Center 1992, 2005
Michigan
Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 1997, 2006, 2013 2000
Detroit Ford Field 2008 2009
E. Lansing Jenison Fieldhouse 1963
Pontiac Pontiac Silverdome 1988, 1991
Minnesota
Minneapolis Williams Arena 1964 1951
Minneapolis Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1986, 1991, 2000, 2009 1989, 1996, 2003, 2006 1992, 2001
Missouri
Kansas City Municipal Auditorium 1952, 1953 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951 1940, 1941, 1942, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1961, 1964
Kansas City Kemper Arena 1997, 2001, 2004 1983, 1986, 1995 1988
Kansas City Sprint Center 2009, 2013
St. Louis St. Louis Arena 1982, 1984, 1993 1973, 1978
St. Louis Scottrade Center 2014 1998
St. Louis Edward Jones Dome 2002 1999, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012 2005
Nebraska
Lincoln Bob Devaney Sports Center 1980, 1984, 1988
Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium 1977
Omaha CenturyLink Center Omaha 2008, 2012, 2015
New Jersey
E. Rutherford Izod Center 1984 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2004, 2007 1996
Newark Prudential Center 2011
Princeton Jadwin Gymnasium 1970, 1972
New Mexico
Albuquerque The Pit 1985, 1996, 2002, 2012 1968, 1978, 1992, 2000, 2005 1983
Las Cruces Pan American Center 1958, 1969, 1972, 1975
New York
Albany Times Union Center 1995 2003
Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 1954
Buffalo First Niagara Center 2000, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2014
New York City (Jamaica) Carnesecca Arena 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
New York City (Manhattan) Madison Square Garden (1925) 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950
New York City (Manhattan) Madison Square Garden (1968) 2014
Syracuse Carrier Dome 1986, 1987, 1991, 1993 1983, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2015
Uniondale Nassau Coliseum 1982, 1994, 2001
North Carolina
Chapel Hill Dean Smith Center 1988
Charlotte Bojangles' Coliseum 1975, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1973, 1976
Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum 1997, 1998, 2005 1991, 1993 1994
Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 2011, 2015 2008
Durham Cameron Indoor Stadium 1954
Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum 1980, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1992, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2012 1976, 1979, 1998 1974
Raleigh Reynolds Coliseum 1951, 1952, 1969, 1977, 1979 1953, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1982
Raleigh PNC Arena 2004, 2008, 2014
Winston-Salem Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum 1993, 1997, 2000, 2007
Ohio
Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena 1988, 1992 1979, 1987
Cleveland Wolstein Center 2000, 2005
Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena 2011 2015
Columbus St. John Arena 1957 1970
Columbus Nationwide Arena 2004, 2007, 2012, 2015
Dayton University of Dayton Arena 1970, 1973, 1976, 1981, 85-86, 91-92, 1995, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2013 (Play-in Games 1983, 1984 and since 2001) 1972, 1975, 1978
Kent MAC Center 1966, 1968
Oklahoma
El Reno Thunderbird Coliseum 1955
Norman Lloyd Noble Center 1977
Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Fair Arena 1957
Oklahoma City The Myriad 1994, 1998 1977
Oklahoma City Chesapeake Energy Arena 2003, 2005, 2010
Stillwater Gallagher Hall 1958 1954
Tulsa Mabee Center 1975, 1978, 1982, 1985 1974
Tulsa BOK Center 2011
Oregon
Corvallis Gill Coliseum 1952, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1983 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1967
Eugene McArthur Court 1963, 1964, 1978
Portland 1959
Portland Memorial Coliseum 1961, 1975 1965
Portland Rose Garden 2009, 2012, 2015
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia The Palestra 1953, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975 (Play-in game 83-84) 1939, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
Philadelphia Spectrum 1977, 1978 1992 1976, 1980
Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center 2006, 2009, 2013 2001
Pittsburgh Civic Arena 1997, 2002
Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center 2012, 2015
Rhode Island
Kingston Keaney Gymnasium 1967, 1968, 1969
Providence Dunkin' Donuts Center 1975, 1978, 1980, 1981, 2010 1976, 1979, 1985, 1989, 1996
South Carolina
Columbia Carolina Coliseum 1970
Greenville BI-LO Center 2002
Tennessee
Knoxville Stokely Athletic Center 1972, 1978 1983
Knoxville Thompson–Boling Arena 1990 1994, 1999
Memphis Mid-South Coliseum 1984
Memphis Pyramid 1995, 1997, 2001
Memphis FedExForum 2009, 2014
Murfreesboro Murphy Center 1979
Nashville Memorial Gym 1982, 1989, 1993 1973
Nashville Bridgestone Arena 2000, 2003, 2005, 2012
Texas
Arlington AT&T Stadium 2013 2014
Austin Frank Erwin Center 1981, 1990, 1995, 2013 2000, 2005
Dallas Moody Coliseum 1962, 1964, 1979 1957
Dallas Reunion Arena 1982, 1989 1985, 1990, 1994 1986
Dallas American Airlines Center 2002, 2006
Denton UNT Coliseum 1974, 1976, 1980
El Paso, Texas Don Haskins Center 1981
Fort Worth Daniel–Meyer Coliseum 1969, 1970
Houston Delmar Fieldhouse 1961
Houston Hofheinz Pavilion 1985
Houston Astrodome 1983, 1985 1973, 1986 1971
Houston Reliant Stadium 2008, 2010, 2015 2011, 2016
Houston The Summit 1980, 1985
Lubbock City Bank Coliseum 1963, 1965, 1975 1966
San Antonio Alamodome 1997, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2011 1998, 2004, 2008
San Antonio AT&T Center 2014
Utah
Logan Smith Spectrum 1971, 1973, 1982
Ogden Dee Events Center 1980, 1986, 1994 1983
Provo Smith Fieldhouse 1960, 1970 1962, 1963, 1965
Provo Marriott Center 1972, 1977, 1979, 1982
Salt Lake City Nielsen Fieldhouse 1968
Salt Lake City Jon M. Huntsman Center 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006 1971, 1981 1979
Salt Lake City EnergySolutions Arena 2013 2010
Virginia
Blacksburg Cassell Coliseum 1966, 1967
Richmond Richmond Coliseum 1990, 1996
Williamsburg William & Mary Hall 1972, 1973
Washington
Pullman Beasley Coliseum 1975, 1982, 1984
Seattle Hec Edmundson Pavilion 1953, 1956 1960, 1970 1949, 1952
Seattle Kingdome 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993 1984, 1989, 1995
Seattle KeyArena 1999, 2004, 2015
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 2003, 2007, 2010, 2014
West Virginia
Morgantown WVU Coliseum 1971, 1974
Wisconsin
Madison Wisconsin Field House 1941, 1969
Madison Kohl Center 2002
Milwaukee U.S. Cellular Arena 1984
Milwaukee Bradley Center 1992, 1996, 1999, 2004, 2010, 2014

Final Four Trivia[edit]

  • The last time the Final Four was hosted out of the current rotation [nb 1] of Arlington, Texas (Cowboys Stadium), Atlanta, Georgia (Georgia Dome), Detroit, Michigan (Ford Field), Houston, Texas (Reliant Stadium), Indianapolis, Indiana (Lucas Oil Stadium), New Orleans, Louisiana (Mercedes-Benz Superdome), Minneapolis, Minnesota (Metrodome/Vikings Stadium), and St. Louis, Missouri (Edward Jones Dome) was San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome) in 2008. The last time the Final Four was hosted outside of the aforementioned states was in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1999.
    • The last time the Final Four was hosted on the West Coast of the United States was in Seattle, Washington in 1995.
    • The last time the Final Four was hosted on the East Coast of the United States was in East Rutherford, New Jersey in 1996.
    • The last time the Final Four was hosted in a state west of Texas was Seattle in 1995; the last time the Final Four was hosted in a western state other than Washington State was Denver, Colorado in 1990.
    • The last time the Final Four was hosted in a southern state other than Louisiana or Georgia was in Florida in 1999.
    • The last time the Final Four was hosted in a northern state other than Michigan, Indiana, or Minnesota was in New Jersey in 1996.
    • The westernmost Final Four was in Seattle (1949, 1952, 1984, 1989, and 1995); the easternmost Final Four was in New York City (1943-1948; 1950).
    • The northernmost Final Four was in Minneapolis (1951, 1992, and 2001); the southernmost Final Four was in St. Petersburg (1999).
    • In terms of regions, as of 2014, the Final Four has been played in the western United States (west of the Mississippi River) 55% of the time (41/75), but only 17% of the time when Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Texas are excluded (13/75); the eastern United States (east of the Mississippi River) 45% of the time (34/75).
    • As of 2014, the Final Four has been played in the northern United States (north of Tennessee) 41% of the time (31/75) and the southern United States (including Texas, California, Louisiana, and Georgia) 59% of the time (44/75).
  • 29 states (58% of the United States) and DC have never hosted the Final Four, as of 2014: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
  • The last time an NCAA Tournament Final was not held in a domed stadium was in 1996 (The Meadowlands), which also marked the last time the Final Four was held at a facility that was the regular home of an NCAA Division I basketball team (at the time, the Meadowlands hosted the home games of Seton Hall University). The last time the Final Four was held on a college campus was in 1983, when the University of New Mexico hosted the event at The Pit, then officially known as University Arena. The only other college venue to have hosted the Final Four since 1983 was Rupp Arena in 1985, home to the University of Kentucky but located in downtown Lexington instead of the UK campus.
  1. ^ See the stadium sizes and domes section within the Venues section under the Evolution of the Tournament section of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship article.

Tournament Games Trivia[edit]

  • University of Dayton Arena has hosted the most tournament games.
  • Las Vegas has never hosted an NCAA Tournament game and is the largest city in the U.S. to have never hosted.
  • Twelve states have never hosted any tournament games at all: Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.
  • South Carolina and Mississippi have been banned from hosting NCAA Tournament games because of their stance on the Confederate flag.
  • Nevada is the only state banned from hosting NCAA tournament games in any sport because this state allows betting on individual sports matches. New Jersey was banned, but the NCAA lifted the ban against New Jersey schools being allowed to host tournament games or championships sanctioned by college sports' governing body. In a statement issued, the NCAA said the court ruling determined that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 was constitutional and continues to outlaw sports betting nationwide, excluding a few states.[1]
  • The only current NBA arenas in the U.S. to never have hosted are the Target Center (Wolves), Philips Arena (Hawks), Barclays Center (Nets), Toyota Center (Rockets), and Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Pacers). All but Barclays are in cities with domes that have previously hosted NCAA Finals.
  • Among current NHL arenas in the U.S., the only ones never to have hosted are the Jobing.com Arena (Coyotes), Xcel Energy Center (Wild), Joe Louis Arena (Red Wings) and BB&T Center (Sunrise) (Panthers). All are in metropolitan areas with another venue that has hosted NCAA Tournament games.

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