Cleveland and Columbus awarded March Madness rounds in 2015

Cleveland, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio are two of the 25 cities awarded as preliminary round sites for the 2014 and 2015 Division I men’s basketball tournament, endeared to many as “March Madness.”

Tradition will continue on as Dayton, Ohio will host the “First Four” during both tournaments with the games being played at UD Arena. Cleveland and Columbus will host games during the 2015 tournament with Columbus playing host to the second and third rounds at Nationwide Arena, and Cleveland — represented by the Mid-American Conference — playing host to the Midwest Regional. These games will take place at Quicken Loans Arena. The other three regional sites will be Los Angeles, Houston and Syracuse.

“The bid process was as competitive as ever, with 53 cities expressing the desire to be a part of one of the world’s premier sporting events,” NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt said via press release. “We are thrilled for our hosts for the ’14 and ’15 tournaments, as they include a mix of cities that have proven over the course of several decades how to stage this great event, as well as cities that have come on to the scene in recent years and have embraced the tournament.”

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  • C-Bus Kevin

    Cleveland is represented by the Mid American Conferece.

    Does than mean more than one MAC team can finally make it into the tournament? I love my Bobcats, and they’ll likely have a great season, but it’s disheartening to know that unless they rack up 25 to 28 wins, they will probably need to win the MAC tournament to get an invite to the big dance.

    As OU showed last year, the MAC can play with the top teams in the NCAA (if only Cooper’s buzzer beater against UNC had gone in). It’s time for a little respect (and a few less tier III Big East teams).

  • CTownsHowWeRide

    Give some love to Dayton for First Four through 2015!

  • Von Hayes

    When my eyes first glanced at that that, I thought it said “Dayton will host the Final Four”. Then my mind caught up to my eyes.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Why the down votes? No Kent State or Akron alums that would like to see multiple MAC teams make it in?

  • Like to see that? Yes. But if the NCAA has proven anything in the last 15 years, it’s that deserving at-large MAC teams get the NIT, while 8th place BCS schools get to Dance. I’ll believe that’s changing when I see it.