CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – March Madness is coming back to Cleveland.
The NCAA announced Tuesday that the men’s NCAA first and second round weekend games will be played at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20 and 22, 2020 totaling 6 games.
The announcement came as part of the NCAA’s unveiling of championship sites through 2022 that selected Cleveland for 8 total events.
“The 2020 Division I Men’s Basketball 1st and 2nd Rounds provides Cleveland with the opportunity to prove its unparalleled ability to host major sporting events,” David Gilbert, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission said. “An event of this stature will bring collegiate level fans into the region who travel to see their team in action. We’re excited to continue our strong partnership with The MAC, Cleveland State and The Q to make Cleveland a premier destination for NCAA sporting events.”
The Mid American Conference will serve as the official host of the tournament games in conjunction with Cleveland State University and will mark the third time that The Q will host March Madness, fifth time overall for Cleveland as a host city while adding an estimated $8 million in economic activity over the 3 days.
The Q hosted the men’s regional in 2015 that saw Kentucky advance to the Final Four as well as first and second round games in 2011. The 2007 NCAA women’s Final Four was also played at The Q. Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center hosted in 2000 and 2005.
Northeast Ohio was awarded the DII men’s wrestling, NCAA fencing, NCAA women’s bowling and DIII men’s and women’s outdoor track and field NCAA championships for 2019. The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission estimates those 4 events will combine to provide an estimated economic impact $3.3 million to the region.
Men’s and women’s DII swimming and diving, and DIII indoor track and field will be held at SPIRE Institute in 2020 and the 2021 DIII men’s and women’s outdoor track and field championships in partnership with the University of Mount Union were also awarded by the NCAA.
“These events contribute millions of dollars in economic impact to Northeast Ohio and allow visitors to experience all that Cleveland has to offer,” Gilbert said. “Being awarded these eight events adds to our legacy as a top city for hosting major sporting events.”
Since 2006, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has attracted 25 NCAA championships events which have garnered more than $80.7 million of economic activity for northeast Ohio according to numbers released on Tuesday.