MARCH MADNESS IS COMING TO PHILIPS ARENA!
ATLANTA SELECTED TO HOST 2018 NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S BASKETBALL SOUTH REGIONAL
ATLANTA (November 17, 2014) – The NCAA announced today that the city of Atlanta will host the 2018 Division I Men’s Basketball South Regional tournament. The games will be played on March 22 and 24, 2018 at Philips Arena with Georgia Tech serving as the host institution.
"We're excited to once again serve as the host institution for the NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional competition in 2018,” said Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski. "We look forward to working with Philips Arena and NCAA staff to plan and execute another memorable March Madness event here in Atlanta."
“Philips Arena is thrilled to be the host venue for the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Regionals,” said Trey Feazell, EVP & General Manager, Philips Arena. “The excitement of college basketball, coupled with our intimate setting, will make for an incredible atmosphere to crown the 2018 regional champion.”
In 2013, Philips Arena hosted the NCAA DII and DIII Men’s Basketball National Championships during the NCAA’s 75th anniversary of the Final Four; 2018 will be the first time that Philips Arena would serve as host venue for an NCAA Tournament preliminary round game.
Atlanta has a vast and vibrant history in hosting marquee basketball events. The venerable Omni witnessed 55 tournament games from 1977-92, including the 1977 Men’s Final Four when legendary Marquette coach Al Maguire won the title in his last game. The 30 games at the Georgia Dome raises the total to 85 tournament games that have been played in Atlanta since 1977, tying Indianapolis for fifth place all time, trailing only Kansas City (128), Dayton (101), Salt Lake City (92) and Charlotte (86).
Other preliminary host cities for the 2018 Regionals include: Boston as the East Regional host, Omaha for the Midwest Regional and Los Angeles will host the West.
Other bid partners on the regional bid included the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Atlanta Sports Council.
“This is a tremendous win for our city and adds yet another marquee basketball event for Philips Arena, which successfully hosted the 2012 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament,” said Atlanta Sports Council Executive Director Dan Corso. “We are proud of the effort by the entire bid team, and are excited to be the home of yet another iconic basketball event.”
This news follows the Friday announcement that Atlanta was selected to host the 2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four, its fifth time doing so.