Chesapeake Energy Arena to host NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2026
Oct 15 2020
If NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament games were played at the Carrier Dome, the event's bracketing rules would not allow Syracuse to play in its home arena. The 1997 and '02 games were played at Civic Arena. We are truly blessed to work with all the entities involved.
Clevelanders will have another chance to watch the craziness of March Madness, bringing big sports and big money to downtown Cleveland - women in 2024 and men in 2025. OR first hosted the NCAA meet in 1962.
In 2024, the tournament moves to Kansas City for only the second time, the first coming in 2003.
In 2012, the games attracted 56,928 people for three tournament sessions (six games) at PPG Paints Arena, then known as Consol Energy Center.
In addition to upcoming NCAA Championships, Hayward Field is set to host the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 2021 (June 18-27) and the World Athletic Championships in 2022 (July 15-24).
Norfolk State University will serve as the host institution for an NCAA Championship event for the first time and will be the first HBCU to host an NCAA Division I national championship track event. The 2026 NCAA men's and women's swimming and diving championships will be conducted at the McAuley Aquatics Center on the Georgia Tech campus for the third time.
"We're extremely excited to welcome eight NCAA Championships to our community", sports commission CEO David Gilbert said in a news release.
Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., will host in 2023 and 2024, and lacrosse will return to Foxborough, Mass., to play at Harvard University in 2025 and 2026. Pegula Ice Arena, however, will be used for the 2026 women's hockey semifinals and final, also known as the Frozen Four.
Rocket Mortgage will also host the 2026 NCAA Division I Men's Wrestling Championships.