NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— The Atlantic 10 Conference and Barclays Center will serve as a Regional host for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, as announced today by the NCAA Site Selection. The games will be played March 26 and 28, 2021 at the iconic Brooklyn arena.
The 2021 Regional will be the second NCAA men’s basketball event at Barclays Center, which also was the site of the 2016 First and Second Rounds, hosted by the A-10. The conference hosted its Men’s Basketball Championship at Barclays Center from 2013-2016 and will return to the site for the 2019-22 championships.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to once again host NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship rounds at one of the best basketball venues in the country,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “We are appreciative of the NCAA for choosing the A-10 and Barclays Center as a host, as it speaks volumes about the success we had hosting in 2016. We are proud of the partnership we have with Brett Yormark and his team at Barclays Center and we look forward to working alongside them again.”
“We are excited that one of the great college sporting events will return to Brooklyn,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “I would like to thank Mark Emmert and Dan Gavitt for showing the NCAA’s ongoing commitment to Barclays Center and to Brooklyn. I also want to recognize Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade for her support and partnership in delivering March Madness to our venue. Since opening in 2012, Barclays Center has become a destination for top college basketball on the East Coast and we look forward to hosting our first NCAA Tournament Regional in 2021.”
The host site award marks the second time since 2006 that the A-10 has hosted an NCAA Tournament round and the first since the 2016 preliminary rounds. The league served as a First and Second round host at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia in 2006.
League member Dayton also retained the First Four through 2022, which it has hosted since the inception of the opening round game in 2001. Strongly supported by the local Dayton community, the First Four has remained in Dayton as it expanded from two teams to eight and from one game to four.
In addition, Duquesne will host the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds and the 2019 NCAA Volleyball Championships in conjunction with SportsPITTSBURGH. Both events will take place at PPG Paints Arena, home of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship.