PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh opens its doors to welcome players and fans of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship second and third rounds on Thursday, March 19 and Saturday, March 21, at CONSOL Energy Center in downtown Pittsburgh.
"We're absolutely thrilled that March Madness and the road to the Final Four comes through Pittsburgh," said Craig Davis, president & CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. "The City of Champions is the perfect host city for NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball - athletes, their families and fans will love CONSOL Energy Center, as well as our safe, compact and walkable downtown."
This prestigious event, which will bring upwards of 18,000 attendees per game, is expected to result in more than $7 million in direct spending for the Pittsburgh area.
"With the national media exposure that comes with March Madness, it's a great opportunity to showcase Pittsburgh to media and fans," Davis added. "Visitors who may not yet be familiar with how beautiful Pittsburgh is will get to experience it firsthand."
"Pittsburgh is simply perfect for this event," said Mr. Davis. "We've got a state-of-the-art venue, extremely knowledgeable event staff and a cohesive hospitality community. Add to that the ease of access to Pittsburgh and the quality and experience of Local Organizing Committee members, and you have the ideal location for NCAA tournament play."
In recent history, the city has hosted the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships in 2012 (second and third rounds) and the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball in 2010 and 2007 (first and second rounds).
The NCAA's decision to return in 2015 and 2018 demonstrates that in addition to a state-of-the-art arena, Pittsburgh's community and event staff can handle the requirements to put on a spectacular event.
Stop by the WELCOME PITTSBURGH Information Center and Gift Shop in Fifth Avenue Place at the corner of Stanwix Street and Liberty Avenue for customer service and information. And, pick up your NCAA and one-of-a-kind Pittsburgh-themed souvenirs.
Together with local organizers, Duquesne University's Athletic Department and the staff at CONSOL Energy Center, VisitPITTSBURGH is proud to serve as the host for one of the biggest college basketball weekends of the year.
About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 460,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions-AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola-and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners-Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Burger King, Enterprise, Infiniti, Kindle (Amazon), LG, Lowe's, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese's (Hershey's), Unilever and UPS.
As the official tourism promotion agency for Allegheny County, VisitPITTSBURGH is dedicated to generating convention, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.