The NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s Final Four returned to Minneapolis in grand style after an 18 year hiatus. After the host city witnessed Christian Laettner’s iconic buzzer heater in 1992 and an epic comeback in the 2001 semifinal en route to championships, more Duke heroics with the current lineup was anticipated.
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament returned to Hartford CT this year for the 1st/2nd rounds. This was the first time Hartford hosted the “Big Dance” since 1998. A lot has changed in that time. Hartford has put an emphasis on improving facilities and building new ones. In 2014 the XL Center underwent a $35 million dollar renovation.
The Honda Center, home to the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks is no stranger to hosting NCAA Basketball’s March Madness, hosting the West Regional’s seven times and is also the annual host to both the Men’s and Women’s Big West Conference tournaments.
The Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, hosted the NCAA East Regionals. The two-day event was full of excitement and showed what a great venue the arena really is.
Kansas City hosted a thrilling all-SEC Elite Eight matchup this past weekend in the 2019 NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Final. Auburn defeated Kentucky in overtime, ending the 2019 college basketball season in Kansas City, but the three games in the regional final were hardly the only basketball taking place in KC.
Now, our key question is the city of Columbus and Nationwide Arena a good place for an NCAA tournament? Easy answer, a resounding yes.