NCAA 1st Round - Dayton 2014 News and Updates
The University of Dayton Arena will remain the host site for the opening (first) round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament through 2015. The First Four, which the first round games of the tournament are named, features four games total - two games on Mar 18 and two on Mar 19 between eight lower-seeded teams. The First Four winners advance to second and third round sites which include: Buffalo
, San Antonio
, San Diego
, and St. Louis
where they will be matched against other top College Basketball tournament teams based on seed. The inaugural First Four (2011) in Dayton featured VCU; the Rams ended up advancing to the Final Four!
This year marks the 13th consecutive year that the Road to the Final Four has begun in Dayton and could be the first in which the University of Dayton is a participant, playing a home game to open the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Each night, two No. 16 seeds will play for their chance to advance to the Big Dance. Following, contests featuring two of the last four at-large teams selected will battle for the same prize. The University of Dayton is on the bubble in terms of teams that would make the tournament among the last four at-large selections. Different from last year, the City of Dayton will not serve as a second or third round host.
2014 First Four tickets in Dayton are available in an All-Session pass or by day (session). All-Session first round NCAA tournament tickets begin at $114 and will give you access to all four games (eight teams) played Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19. Last year, NCAA 1st round – All Session tickets started at a $158 five days before the NCAA Basketball Tournament began, averaging $352.