Jacksonville awarded NCAA men’s basketball regional for 2019
The Madness will be back in two years at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
The NCAA on Tuesday awarded a Division I men’s basketball regional to Jacksonville for 2019, which will mark the fourth time in 13 years the city has been a part of what has become known as “The Big Dance” or “March Madness.”
The city hosted early-round NCAA basketball tournament games in 2006, 2010 and 2015 at the Veterans Arena. The Florida Gators won two games in Jacksonville in 2006 on their way to their first national championship, and Duke won twice in 2010, also going onto the Final Four and winning the national title.
NCAA March Madness returning to Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- March Madness will make a return visit to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in 2019, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.
The arena will host games in the First and Second round of the NCAA tournament on March 19 and 21 that year. Eight teams will compete in Jacksonville as part of the 68-team tournament.
North Carolina and Arkansas were the two winners from Jacksonville in 2015.
Jacksonville will host 2019 NCAA basketball championship matches
Jacksonville will host several NCAA college basketball games during the 2019 post-season, the organization announced today.
Rounds one and two of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will be played at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena on March 21 and March 23.
The city was also awarded the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Outdoor Championships, taking place at University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium in May 2021.