Boise State was selected to host the first and second rounds of the 2021 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the NCAA tournament committee announced Tuesday morning.
It will be the tournament’s 10th time at Taco Bell Arena, which is preparing to host the event next spring.
The games will be March 18 and 20. Taco Bell Arena is one of just five sites that will host the NCAA Tournament twice between 2018 and 2021, according to Boise State. Dallas, Wichita, Detroit and Omaha are the others. The 2021 West Regional will take place in Denver; the Final Four is in Indianapolis.
“We’re excited to have another opportunity to host the NCAA Tournament,” Boise State athletic director Curt Apsey said. “This community supports the event and our staff does a phenomenal job of putting it on. The NCAA obviously recognizes that by bringing the tournament back to Boise in not only 2018 but now 2021 as well.”
Boise has seen a host of memorable NCAA Tournament moments. The 2001 tournament at Taco Bell Arena had four games in one day decided by a total of seven points, including No. 15 seed Hampton’s monumental upset against No. 2 seed Iowa State.
National champion UCLA won a 1995 game against Missouri on Tyus Edney’s buzzer-beating layup. LSU’s Shaquille O’Neal played his final collegiate game against legendary Indiana coach Bob Knight in the 1992 tournament in Boise.
The 2018 NCAA Tournament comes to Boise on March 15 and 17. Season-ticket holders with a point ranking that falls between 1-2,500 were able to purchase tickets March 6-19. Season-ticket holders outside that range can buy tickets through Friday. If any seats remain, they will be available to season-ticket holders on April 10-23. After that, any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public.