March Madness Returning to Charlotte This Year

Charlotte is set to kick off this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship journey, hosting the first and second rounds at the Spectrum Center, according to a press release from the NCAA.

The Charlotte 49ers will be the official tournament host team here in Charlotte as we welcome teams and fans to the city for these initial matchups.

The event will feature four first-round and two second-round games, continuing Charlotte’s tradition of hosting March Madness, with previous events in 2018, 2015, and 2011.

First Four Dayton, Ohio UD Arena March 19 – 20 University of Dayton
First/Second Brooklyn. N.Y. Barclays Center March 22 -24 Atlantic 10 Conference
First/Second Charlotte, N.C. Spectrum Center March 21 – 23 University of North Carolina at Charlotte
First/Second Indianapolis Gainbridge Fieldhouse March 22 – 24 IUPUI / Horizon League
First/Second Omaha, Neb. CHI Health Center March 21 – 23 Creighton University
First/Second Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena March 21 -23 Duquesne University
First/Second Salt Lake City Vivint Smart Home Arena March 21 – 23 University of Utah
First/Second Spokane, Wash. Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena March 22 – 24 University of Idaho
First/Second Memphis, Tenn. FedExForum March 22 – 24 University of Memphis
East Regional Boston TD Garden March 28 – 30 Boston College
South Regional Dallas American Airlines Center March 29 -31 Big 12 Conference
Midwest Regional Detroit Little Caesars Arena March 29 – 31 University of Detroit Mercy / Oakland University
West Regional Los Angeles Arena March 28 – 30 Pepperdine University


With the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) headquarters now in Charlotte, the city has gained an edge in hosting duties over the traditional choice, Greensboro.

The Charlotte 49ers are vying for their first tournament appearance since 2005, currently standing second in the American Athletic Conference.

Charlotte’s last hosting stint was marked by memorable upsets, including the first-ever win of a No. 16 seed (UMBC Retrievers) over a No. 1 seed (Virginia Cavaliers) and No. 7 Texas A&M’s victory over No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels.

The NCAA Tournament selection show is slated for March 17, heightening the excitement for what’s to come in Charlotte.



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