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NCAA Tournament opening rounds and regional finals will no longer be held in domes

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Three cheers for everyone who loves good sight lines and the NCAA Tournament! Andy Katz is reporting that the NCAA has decided that going forward, it will no longer hold opening rounds and regional finals in domes:

1. The NCAA will have a portal available in July on its website for Final Four sites to make proposals for 2017-2020; a decision on sites for those years will be made later in 2014. The NCAA won’t put any restrictions on the proposals, meaning that a city that doesn’t have a dome can make an offer and the NCAA will discuss it. The NCAA has made one decision on domes — it is done with them in regional finals. Mark Lewis, the NCAA’s vice president in charge of championships, said using domes for regionals was a trial run for future Final Fours. But the upcoming Final Four sites have already had the dry run, so the NCAA doesn’t need to do this anymore. Lewis said regional finals should be in arenas, and that will be the plan going forward. The next three Final Fours are in Arlington, Texas, in 2014; Indianapolis in 2015; and Houston in 2016.

In case you’re curious, the opening rounds and regional finals were determined prior to this decision:

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5 Comments for NCAA Tournament opening rounds and regional finals will no longer be held in domes

  1. Biglaw Dawgin'
    12:12 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    Good stuff. Now I can plan my vacations 2 years in advance.

  2. Cats
    1:11 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    The one thing I never hear get talked about tournament venues that I can’t stand is how the state of North Carolina always gets a 2nd/3rd game in their state. I believe I read somewhere a few years ago that they have it in a rotation between certain cities in NC that get to host the 2nd/3rd games. How much more can the NCAA have a love affair with UNC and Puke? Please blow up the NCAA and let some people with some brains start anew.

  3. CaliUKfan
    2:27 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    #2 Amen

  4. KevinM
    3:53 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    This could be an issue going forward for Catlanta fans unless Philips Arena gets into the rotation. The Georgia Dome is huge for Cat fans and you could feel confident in getting into a tourney game.
    It’s the NCAA trying to outthink Cal, who plans on playing in Domes to prepare for the sightlines.

  5. Unboltedharp
    11:36 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    Playing any round of the ncaa tournement in a football arena is STUPID! Always has been always will. Depth perception in domes is horrible for any player on any team. Basketball should be played in basketball facility’s. Quit being so greedy with money emmert and move the games back to where they belong, this includes ships and casinos!