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.”