Georgetown University was selected to serve as the host for the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball NCAA Regional Championship at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., it was announced by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee on Tuesday afternoon.
The NCAA Regional Championship will be held on Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31 at Verizon Center.
“We are very excited to serve as the host for the 2019 NCAA Regional Championship with our partners at Verizon Center,” Georgetown Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed said. “We are very excited to showcase March Madness in the Nation’s Capital as we further our strategic initiative of bringing high-level athletics events to the DMV.”
This is the seventh time the NCAA Tournament will return to the Nation’s Capital since 1998 and it will be the sixth time Georgetown has served as the host at Verizon Center. Georgetown has served as the host for first and second round events in 2002, 2008 and 2011 and hosted the regional finals in 2006 and 2013.
“It’s exciting to have the NCAA Regional Championship back in the Nation’s Capital and here at Verizon Center for the third time,” said Monumental Sports & Entertainment President of Venues David Touhey. “The arena has hosted the tournament six times since 1998 across multiple rounds and has now been awarded the seventh iteration of the tournament – the third time being for the Regional Championship.”
Washington, D.C., will join Kansas, City, Mo. (Missouri Valley Conference); Louisville, Ky. (Louisville) and Anaheim, Calif. (Big West) as sites for the regional semifinals and finals from March 28-31, 2019.
Dayton will be the site of the First Four with the University of Dayton serving as the host on March 19 and 20.
The eight cities that will host the First and Second Rounds on March 21-24 are Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State); Jacksonville, Fla. (Jacksonville); Columbia, S.C. (South Carolina); Salt Lake City, Utah (Utah); Tulsa, Okla. (Tulsa); Des Moines, Iowa (Drake); Seattle, Wash. (Washington) and Hartford, Conn. (UConn).
The Final Four will be held on April 6 and 8 in Minneapolis, Minn., the fourth time the city has hosted the Final Four.
“Working with our valued host institutions and conferences, as well as sports commissions and cities, to create a great atmosphere for student-athletes, coaches and fans with the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments is our goal every year,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball. “We’re looking forward to working with the groups that earned preliminary-round basketball sites, as well as the local organizing committees already slated to host NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Fours.”
Ticket information for the 2019 NCAA Regional Championship will be made available in the near future.