Nov. 12, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The University of Louisville will serve as the host institution for the Second and Third Rounds of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship to be played March 19 and 21, 2015 at the KFC Yum! Center. The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee today announced the 25 cities that will serve as hosts to first-round, second- and third-round and regional games for the 2014 and 2015 championships.
UofL and the KFC Yum! Center served as the host for similar rounds of the 2012 Men's Basketball Championship as eight teams visited Louisville as one of eight sites for the Second and Third Rounds of the national event earlier in March. Over 64,500 fans attended the three sessions.
U of L, partnered with the Louisville Arena Authority, the Kentucky State Fair Board, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau and Greater Louisville Sports Commission will host the 2012 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship on December 13-15, 2012 in the new facility. U of L will also serve as host for the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds at the KFC Yum! Center on March 24 and 26, 2013.
Thirteen previous NCAA men's basketball championship events have been played in Louisville. U of L served as host for the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Southeast Region in Freedom Hall in 1991. Additional NCAA events that have been staged in Louisville include the 1987 NCAA Southeast Regional, 1983 NCAA Midwest Region First and Second Rounds, the 1960, 1961 and 1976 Midwest Regionals, and six NCAA Final Fours (1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1967, 1969). U of L also served as host for 11 conference tournament championships between 1976 and 2003.
UofL could not enter bids on the 2014 or 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Regionals, as the Mid-American Truck Show is staged in Louisville on conflicting dates, with insufficient hotel rooms available to host both events simultaneously.
Further information on the event, including ticket availability, will be announced at a later date. Louisville is one of eight second and third round sites in 2015 which will each feature eight teams in the early rounds of the national championship. The complete list of sites is available in the NCAA release here