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PRELIMINARY ROUNDS OF NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Tickets for preliminary rounds of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship go on sale Saturday, November 5 at 10 a.m. EST. Fans wishing to buy tickets to the first- and second-round games at Orlando’s Amway Center should visit www.NCAA.com/mbbtickets. The tournament games will be hosted locally by the University of Central Florida (UCF), Stetson University and the Central Florida Sports Commission, in partnership with the City of Orlando and Orange County.

Dates of the games held at the Amway Center will be March 16 & 18, 2017, with four games on Thursday, March 16 and two games on Saturday, March 18. Tickets are $270 for the Terrace Level and $198 or $150 for the Promenade level and provide admission to all six games. Teams playing in Orlando and specific game times will be determined by the NCAA on Selection Sunday, March 12, 2017.

“We’re excited to be hosting the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Amway Center again and bringing some of the most exciting action in college sports to our residents and visitors,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “March Madness may seem like months away, but purchasing your tickets now will ensure you score some of the best seats and see your favorite teams battle it out for big wins.”

“In 2014, the lower level sold out on the first day of public sale,” noted Jason Siegel, interim President/CEO of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “If you want to sit close to the action, you’ll need to buy your tickets on day one.”

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will attract thousands of fans from across the United States to our community, generating millions in economic impact for the region. The 2014 tournament games hosted at the Amway Center yielded more than 14,000 room nights and nearly $13 million in economic impact for the region. In addition, the national and international exposure generated and live telecast was immeasurable for the City of Orlando and Orange County.

Prior to 2014, Orlando previously played host to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in 1993, 1996, 1999 and 2004 at the Amway Arena.

The 2017 championship begins Tuesday and Wednesday nights, March 14-15, with the First Four — four preliminary-round games taking place in Dayton, Ohio. First- and second-round action takes place Thursday and Saturday, March 16 and 18, in Buffalo, New York; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Orlando, Florida; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Also hosting first- and second-round games Friday and Sunday, March 17 and 19, will be Greenville, South Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Sacramento, California.

Kansas City, Missouri, will serve as the Midwest Regional site and San Jose, California, will host the West Regional on Thursday and Saturday, March 23 and 25. Memphis, Tennessee, will be the site for the South Regional and New York City will host the East Regional on Friday and Sunday, March 24 and 26.

“This is a great opportunity for college basketball fans to see March Madness in some of our traditional cities with a long history of hosting the tournament, as well as a couple of new cities that have never hosted before,” said Dan Gavitt, the NCAA’s vice president of men’s basketball championships. “From major markets to smaller cities, there’s a great chance that America’s best sporting event is going to be played reasonably close to any fan in the country, so it’s a terrific opportunity to come watch history unfold.”

The 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will culminate with the Final Four in Phoenix, AZ on April 1 and 3 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Tickets and hospitality packages to the Final Four are available at www.NCAA.com/VIP.

ABOUT THE CENTRAL FLORIDA SPORTS COMMISSION
The Central Florida Sports Commission pursues marquee and amateur sports events for Central Florida that drive visitors to our region. The Sports Commission represents the City of Orlando as well as Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. In 2015, the Sports Commission’s event calendar featured 77 events that drove more than 234,000 visitors, 196,000 room nights and $131 million in economic impact to the Central Florida region. Anchored by marquee events the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship and Copa America Centenario, the Central Florida Sports Commission through its 93 events is projecting to drive nearly 300,000 visitors and $135 million in economic impact in 2016. For more information, visit www.centralfloridasports.org.

ABOUT UCF
America’s Partnership University: The University of Central Florida, the nation’s second-largest university with more than 64,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit http://www.ucf.edu.

ABOUT STETSON UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1883, Stetson University is the oldest private university in Florida, providing a transforming education in the liberal arts tradition. Stetson stresses academic excellence and community-engaged learning, and consistently earns high marks in national rankings.

Stetson encourages its students to go beyond success to significance in their lives, the lives of others and their communities. Stay connected with Stetson on social media.

 ABOUT THE AMWAY CENTER
The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center, which hosts major national events, concerts and family shows.  Opened in the fall of 2010, the facility is owned and operated by the City of Orlando on behalf of the Central Florida community. The Amway Center was designed to reflect the character of the community, meet the goals of the users and build on the legacy of sports and entertainment in Orlando. The building’s exterior features a modern blend of glass and metal materials, along with ever-changing graphics via a monumental wall along one facade. A 180-foot tall tower serves as a beacon amid the downtown skyline. The 875,000 square foot, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, including 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building. Amway Center was recently honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year. For more information about the Amway Center, visit www.amwaycenter.com.

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