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Rupp Arena will host the 1st and 2nd rounds of the NCAA Tournament in 2021


Ready for some excellent news? The NCAA just released the tournament sites for the 2019-2022 NCAA Tournaments and Lexington will host the first and second rounds in 2021 (although Kentucky won’t be allowed to play there). Also of note: Louisville will host a regional in 2019, Indianapolis will host one in 2020, and Memphis will host one in 2021. Cincinnati will also host opening round games in 2022, which is also good news for Kentucky fans because if the Cats are good that season, they’ll likely be placed in that site. Plenty of drivable options, which is great news for all of us.

Here’s the complete list of tournament sites from the NCAA:

YEAR 1st/2nd Rounds Regionals Final Four
2019 Jacksonville, FL Kansas City, MO Minneapolis, MN
Columbus, OH Louisville, KY
Columbia, SC Anaheim, CA
Salt Lake City, UT Washington, DC
Tulsa, OK
Des Moines, IA
Seattle, WA
Hartford, CT
2020 Spokane, WA Los Angeles, CA Atlanta, GA
St. Louis, MO Indianapolis, IN
Tampa, FL Houston, TX
Albany, NY New York, NY
Sacramento, CA
Omaha, NE
Cleveland, OH
Greensboro, NC
2021 Dallas, TX Brooklyn, NY Indianapolis, IN
Detroit, MI Memphis, TN
Boise, ID Minneapolis, MN
Lexington, KY Denver, CO
Raleigh, NC
Providence, RI
San Jose, CA
2022 Greenville, SC Philadelphia, PA New Orleans, LA
Pittsburgh, PA Chicago, IL
San Diego, CA San Antonio, TX
Buffalo, NY San Francisco, CA
Fort Worth, TX
Milwaukee, WI
Cincinnati, OH
Portland, OR

And, if you’re curious about 2018, here are those sites as well:

So, if you’d like to start planning, here are the sites nearby to keep in mind:

  • 2018: Nashville (1st and 2nd rounds), Atlanta (regional)
  • 2019: Louisville (regional)
  • 2020: Indianapolis (regional)
  • 2021: Lexington (1st and 2nd rounds, although UK can’t play there)
  • 2022: Cincinnati (1st and 2nd rounds)

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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11 Comments for Rupp Arena will host the 1st and 2nd rounds of the NCAA Tournament in 2021

  1. Tipa
    1:37 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

    I could be wrong, but hosting in Lexington in not necessarily a good thing for UK. I believe a hosting team cannot be placed in their own arena. Maybe this is for regionals only but I remember Villanova had to purposefully play a third of its regular season games last year not in its home arena so it could play its regional in Philly next year.

    If that is the case either UK plays enough games at Memorial Colosseum during the season to be eligible to play at Rupp (not happening) or we convince the NCAA to allow us to hosts at Memorial instead of Rupp (also not happening). Hopefully that home court rule changes or doesn’t apply in 2021 otherwise we will be rewarded with Raleigh or Detroit if we receive top seeding.

    • Booby Petrino
      1:45 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      I think they know UK can’t play there, they’re just saying it’s exciting to have the tourney back in Lex. They had it in Lex a few years ago and Louisville played in Rupp…remember “Russ” Arena? Women’s basketball can play on their home court, but not men’s. That’s bc the women’s games would be empty if they weren’t playing on their home courts.

    • Tipa
      1:46 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      According to (un)official Wikipedia sources a team cannot play in a home arena during the NCAA tournament if that team has played more than 3 games in that facility already that season. That is why the women’s team can get placed in Rupp for their NCAA tournament. The men cannot be placed in Lexington as most likely our bid to host was using Rupp. (Also that weekend is typically sweet sixteen weekend, I’m curious how that will work out.)

    • Booby Petrino
      1:46 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      looks like they updated the post to say UK can’t play there.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      1:46 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      You are correct that UK can’t play in the Lexington opening round games; however, still great news for the city.

    • Booby Petrino
      1:47 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      That has nothing to do with the women playing in Rupp. The women started the tourney in Memorial this year, and they certainly played more games than 3 in Memorial. Rules are totally different for men’s and women’s.

    • Tipa
      1:48 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      It will make march madness even more insane, should be fun.

  2. jaws2
    2:52 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

    Well, at least UNC and dUKe get to play in NC or SC EVERY year; again!

  3. nybrasky
    4:40 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

    I guess they figured out where Grayson Allen can pee if the tourney is headed back to NC next year.

    • runningunnin.454
      5:18 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      I think they already knew that; it says “Ladies” on the door.
      Of course, if he had gone to the NBA, it would be in his pants the minute he tripped the wrong guy…which is basically anybody.

  4. blueblue
    9:11 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

    You forgot to point out that the Final Four is in Atlanta in 2020.