12 November 2012

2014 & 2015 NCAA Tournament sites announced, MSG hosting 2014 East Regional

The NCAA has announced the second and third round sites plus the regional sites for the 2014 and the 2015 NCAA Tournaments and you may notice a pretty famous arena hosting the East Regional in 2014. Let's check out the sites, and I'll give you my analysis.
H/T NCAA

2014 NCAA Tournament - Final Four in Arlington, Texas
First Four - March 18-19
    UD Arena - Dayton, Ohio (hosted by Dayton)
2nd & 3rd Round - March 20/22
    First Niagara Center - Buffalo, New York (hosted by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
    Bradley Center - Milwaukee, Wisconsin (hosted by Marquette)
    Amway Center - Orlando, Florida (hosted by Stetson)
    Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Spokane, Washington (hosted by Washington State)
2nd & 3rd Round - March 21/23
    PNC Arena - Raleigh, North Carolina (hosted by North Carolina State)
    AT&T Center - San Antonio, Texas (hosted by Texas-San Antonio)
    Viejas Arena - San Diego, California (hosted by San Diego State)
    Scottrade Center - St. Louis, Missouri (hosted by the Missouri Valley Conference)
Regionals - March 27/29
    West - Honda Center - Anaheim, California (hosted by the Big West Conference)
    South - FedExForum - Memphis, Tennessee (hosted by Memphis)
Regionals - March 28/30
    Midwest - Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, Indiana (hosted by the Horizon League)
    East - Madison Square Garden - New York, New York (hosted by St. John's & the Big East)

2015 NCAA Tournament - Final Four in Indianapolis, Indiana
First Four - March 17-18
    UD Arena - Dayton, Ohio (hosted by Dayton)
2nd & 3rd Round - March 19/21
    Veterans Memorial Arena - Jacksonville, Florida (hosted by Jacksonville)
    KFC Yum! Center - Louisville, Kentucky (hosted by Louisville)
    Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (hosted by Duquesne)
    Rose Garden - Portland, Oregon (hosted by Oregon)
2nd & 3rd Round - March 20/22
    Time Warner Cable Arena - Charlotte, North Carolina (hosted by North Carolina-Charlotte)
    Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio (hosted by Ohio State)
    CenturyLink Arena - Omaha, Nebraska (hosted by Creighton)
    KeyArena - Seattle, Washington (hosted by Washington)
Regionals - March 26/28
    Midwest - Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, Ohio (hosted by the Mid-American Conference)
    West - Staples Center - Los Angeles, California (hosted by Pepperdine)
Regionals - March 27/29
    South - Reliant Stadium - Houston, Texas (hosted by Houston & Rice)
    East - Carrier Dome - Syracuse, New York (hosted by Syracuse)

I'll get to the Garden news in a moment, but overall, no real surprises with the exception of KeyArena hosting a subregional in 2015 because we all know how about that venue was, according to the Sonics, not fit anymore for the NBA. But I am left wondering if that is anticipation of a new arena in Seattle that has been rumored.

But for the news that Madison Square Garden will be hosting tournament games for the first time since 1961, it is pretty cool to have tournament games at the Garden. I discussed back in March that MSG was in the mix to host the 2013 East Regional as well as the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Prudential Center in Newark and the Carrier Dome; the regional was later awarded to Washington, D.C. It seems like the NCAA has been looking to get the tournament to MSG at some point, with the renovations being made to that historic building making it even more attractive for a regional at some point.

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