Where will the 2022 March Madness tournament and the Final Four be located?

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With the Superbowl behind us now another major sports event is coming up fast. The NCAA Men’s (and Women’s) college basketball tournament will kick off with the First Four on March 15th in Dayton, Ohio. A little more on that in a bit.

Popularly referred to as March Madness, dozens of college teams from around the country will be crisscrossing on buses and planes to locations around the country to play one another in hopes of moving onto the next host city. 

Where will my college be playing so I can make travel plans?

So where in the world will your Alma Mater be playing in this year’s NCAA D1 basketball tournament? Well, it’s tough to make those specific March Madness predictions because as of the publication date, we don’t even know which teams will be chosen. The competing programs won’t be seeded and placed into their “regions” until Selection Sunday. Selection Sunday will happen on March 13th this year. 

There is some good news; we do know the host cities for this year’s March Madness tournament and the dates in which they’re scheduled to play. 

NCAA Tournament Locations for 2022

Though you may not be able to buy plane tickets and book hotels just yet, you can start to get excited about potentially visiting Portland, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Chicago and hopefully for the Final Four in New Orleans.

NCAA College Basketball Tournament Cities for 2022
Dayton Ohio UD Arena First Four March 15 & 16
Buffalo New York KeyBank Center First/Second March 17 &19
Indianapolis Indiana Gainbridge Fieldhouse First/Second March 17 &19
Fort Worth Texas Dickies Arena First/Second March 17 & 19
Portland Oregon Moda Center First/Second March 17 & 19
Greenville South Carolina Bon Secours Wellness Arena First/Second March 18 & 20
Milwaukee Wisconsin Fiserv Forum First/Second March 18 & 20
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena First/Second March 18 & 20
San Diego California Viejas Arena First/Second March 18 & 20
San Antonio Texas AT&T Center Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 24 & 26
San Francisco California Chase Center Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 24 & 26
Chicago Illinois United Center Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 25 & 27
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 25 & 27
New Orleans Caesars Superdome Final Four April 2 & 4

Except for 2021, the First Four has been played in Dayton, Ohio at the University of Dayton. The one exception was in the 2021 March Madness tournament where we saw the games being played in Indiana. Two games were played at the Mackey Arena, the home of Purdue University while the other two games in the First Four were played at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on the homecourt of Indiana University Bloomington. Here’s a little explainer of The First Four.

So if you had a choice which cities get you the most excited to visit? For me, it’s New Orleans, Milwaukee and San Francisco. That said, you can’t beat the weather in San Diego. 


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