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.
Final Four Trivia
- 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 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.
Tournament Games Trivia
- University of Dayton Arena has hosted the most tournament games.
- New York City has not hosted an NCAA Tournament game since 1974; in addition, the current Madison Square Garden (33rd Street) has never hosted an NCAA Tournament game. All NCAA Tournament games held in Manhattan were hosted at the third Madison Square Garden, which was located on Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets. Madison Square Garden will host an NCAA Regional in 2014.
- 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 and New Jersey are banned from hosting NCAA tournament games in any sport because these states allow betting on individual sports matches.
- The only current NBA arenas in the U.S. to never have hosted are the AT&T Center (Spurs; will host in 2014), Target Center (Wolves), Madison Square Garden (Knicks; will host in 2014), Philips Arena (Hawks), Barclays Center (Nets), Toyota Center (Rockets), and Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Pacers). AT&T, Target, Philips, Toyota, and Bankers Life are all 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 Madison Square Garden (Rangers; will host in 2014). All are in metropolitan areas with another venue that has hosted NCAA Tournament games.
- 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.