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March Madness Returns to the Capital City

Sacramento Will Host NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball in 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – The NCAA has announced that Sacramento will host the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, at the new Sacramento Entertainment & Sports Center.  Sacramento will host the first and second rounds on March 17 and 19, 2017, marking the return of “March Madness” for the first time since 2007.  Sacramento was one of 36 host cities awarded preliminary rounds in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

“We are thrilled to welcome the NCAA back to Sacramento,” said Steve Hammond, CEO of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau.  “The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament is one of the premier sporting events in this country, and our community has a long track record of showing up in big numbers to support the best teams, coaches and student-athletes from around the country.  We can’t wait to welcome them, their fan bases and a national television audience in 2017.”

"An event of this magnitude requires a strong collaborative effort,” Sacramento State Interim Athletics Director Bill Macriss said. We look forward to partnering with the Sacramento Convention & Visitor's Bureau, the Sports Commission and the Kings. The men's basketball tournament is the NCAA's marquee event and hosting first and second round action will bring national attention to this great city and region."

The Sacramento Sports Commission, along with Sacramento State, the host institution partner, and the Sacramento Kings, the venue partner, led the effort to bring the tournament to Sacramento.

"We are very excited about the NCAA announcement that the city will be a host site for the first and second round of the 2017 NCAA men's basketball tournament," Sacramento State President Dr. Alexander Gonzalez said. "We look forward to our role as the hosting university."

The 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball “March Madness” has a projected economic impact of $4,216,830 for the City of Sacramento during the first and second rounds of play. The two rounds will also attract over 21,900 total visitors and secure over 10,901 total room nights.

The NCAA will conduct a teleconference with Utah State Athletics Director Scott Barnes, Chair of the Men’s Division I Basketball Committee, and Dan Gavitt, Vice President for Men’s Basketball at 10:30 a.m. PST to discuss the preliminary rounds site selection process.  Media outlets may participate by calling (800) 230-1093, and using confirmation code 343700.

About the Sacramento Sports Commission The Sacramento Sports Commission was created in the 1980s as a joint city-county advisory board to attract and develop major professional and amateur sporting events in the capital region. On Jan. 1, 2013, at the request of the Sacramento City Council and County Board of Supervisors, the Sacramento CVB took over the responsibilities of the Sacramento Sports Commission. This new Sacramento Sports Commission, a division of the SCVB, will be responsible for fostering economic development of the region by securing, promoting and sustaining highly visible sporting events, tournaments and conventions. About the NCAA The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a membership-driven organization dedicated to safeguarding the well-being of student-athletes and equipping them with the skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom and throughout life

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