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Rupp Arena Chosen as Site for 2007 NCAA 1st and 2nd Rounds

INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee has sites for the opening round, first and second rounds and regionals of the 2007 and 2008 championships. The administrative committee of the NCAA Championships/Competition Cabinet has approved the sites.

The following sites were selected for 2007:

OPENING ROUND

  • Dayton, Ohio; UD Arena; University of Dayton, host; Tuesday, March 13

    FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS

  • Buffalo, New York; HSBC Arena; Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Canisius College and Niagara University, co-hosts; Thursday and Saturday, March 15 and 17.
  • Chicago, Illinois; United Center; Big Ten Conference, host; Friday and Sunday, March 16 and 18.
  • Columbus, Ohio; Nationwide Arena; The Ohio State University, host; March 16 and 18.
  • Lexington, Kentucky; Rupp Arena; University of Kentucky, host; March 16 and 18.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana; New Orleans Arena; Tulane University, host; March 16 and 18.
  • Sacramento, California; ARCO Arena; University of the Pacific, host; March 15 and 17.
  • Spokane, Washington; Spokane Memorial Arena; Washington State University, host; March 15 and 17.
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum; Wake Forest University, host; March 15 and 17.

    REGIONALS

  • East Rutherford, New Jersey; Continental Airlines Arena; Rutgers University, host; Friday and Sunday, March 23 and 25.
  • San Antonio, Texas; Alamodome; University of Texas-San Antonio, host; Thursday and Saturday, March 22 and 24.
  • San Jose, California; HP Pavilion; San Jose State University, host; March 22 and 24.
  • St. Louis, Missouri; Edward Jones Dome; Missouri Valley Conference, host; March 23 and 25.


    The following sites were selected for 2008:

    OPENING ROUND

  • Dayton, Ohio; UD Arena; University of Dayton, host; Tuesday, March 18.

    FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS

  • Anaheim, California; Arrowhead Pond; Big West Conference, host; Thursday and Saturday, March 20 and 22.
  • Birmingham, Alabama; BJCC Arena; Southeastern Conference, host; Friday and Sunday, March 21 and 23.
  • Denver, Colorado; Pepsi Center; Colorado State University and Mountain West Conference, co-hosts; March 20 and 22.
  • Little Rock, Arkansas; Alltel Arena; University of Arkansas-Little Rock, host; March 21 and 23.
  • Omaha, Nebraska; Qwest Center; Creighton University and Missouri Valley Conference, co-hosts; March 20 and 22.
  • Raleigh, North Carolina; RBC Center; North Carolina State University, host; March 21 and 23.
  • Tampa, Florida; St. Pete Times Forum; University of South Florida, host; March 21 and 23.
  • Washington, D.C.; MCI Center; Georgetown University, host; March 20 and 22.

    REGIONALS

  • Charlotte, North Carolina; Charlotte Arena; University of North Carolina-Charlotte, host; Thursday and Saturday, March 27 and 29.
  • Detroit, Michigan; Ford Field; University of Detroit-Mercy, host; Friday and Sunday, March 28 and 30.
  • Houston, Texas; Reliant Stadium; University of Houston, host; March 28 and 30.
  • Phoenix, Arizona; America West Arena; Arizona State University, host; March 27 and 29.


    Sites of future Final Fours, previously selected by the committee, are:
    2005, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis
    2006, RCA Dome, Indianapolis
    2007, Georgia Dome, Atlanta.
    2008, Alamodome, San Antonio
    2009, Ford Field, Detroit
    2010, RCA Dome, Indianapolis
    2011, Reliant Stadium, Houston


    Rupp Arena has been the host to NCAA Tournament games 10 times. The first was the Mideast Region Semifinals in 1977. 2007 will mark the third time Rupp will hold 1st and 2nd round games. The other times were in 1994 (Southeast Region) and 1998 (South Region). In 2002, the South Region semifinals were held at Rupp Arena where Indiana defeated Duke and Kent State to advance to the Final Four.

     

     

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