The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced the host cities for the 2012 Division I Men's Basketball Championships.
First- and second-round sites in 2012 include Albuquerque, Columbus, Greensboro, Louisville, Nashville, Omaha, Pittsburgh and Portland. Louisville, which will host for the 13th time, has not hosted the championship since 1991.
Atlanta will prepare for the 2013 Final Four by hosting the South Regional in 2012, marking the 20th time the city has hosted the men’s basketball championship, including Final Fours in 1977, 2002 and 2007.
Phoenix will host its fourth regional in 2012. The other two regional hosts are Boston, which has hosted the tournament three times previously, and St. Louis, which has hosted three Final Fours and seven regional rounds.
The 2012 Final Four will be played in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
2012 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Host Sites
(numbers in parentheses indicate the number of times city has hosted)
2012 Opening Round March 13, 2012 Dayton, OH UD Arena University of Dayton (23) 2012 1st and Second Rounds March 15/17, 2012 (1st/2nd Rounds) Albuquerque, NM The Pit University of New Mexico (9) Louisville, KY Louisville Arena University of Louisville (12) Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center Duquesne University (2) Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena University of Oregon (5) March 16/18, 2012 (1st/2nd Rounds) Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena The Ohio State University (4) Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Atlantic Coast Conference (12) Nashville, TN Sommet Center Ohio Valley Conference (7) Omaha, NE Qwest Center Creighton University (2) 2012 Regional Finals and Semi Finals March 22/24, 2012 East - Boston, MA TD Garden Boston College (3) West - Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center Arizona State University (3) March 23/25, 2012 South - Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome Georgia Tech (19) Midwest - St. Louis, MO Edward Jones Dome St. Louis University (11)