INDIANAPOLIS – Boise State University will host first- and second-round games of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, the tournament committee announced Tuesday. It will mark the 10th time Taco Bell Arena plays host to the tournament, including the upcoming 2018 championship.
“We’re excited to have another opportunity to host the NCAA Tournament,” said Director of Athletics Curt Apsey. “This community supports the event and our staff does a phenomenal job of putting it on. The NCAA obviously recognizes that by bringing the tournament back to Boise in not only 2018 but now 2021 as well.”
Boise State will host games Thursday (March 18) and Saturday (March 20) in the first and second rounds, respectively. The 2021 West Regional will be hosted by the Mountain West Conference at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Final Four will be held in Indianapolis.
Taco Bell Arena is one of just five venues in the country that will host the NCAA Tournament twice between 2018 and 2021, including American Airlines Center (Dallas), CenturyLink Center (Omaha, Neb.), Intrust Bank Arena (Wichita, Kan.) and Little Caesers Arena (Detroit).
The 2018 tournament marks the first time Taco Bell Arena will play host to the event since 2009. Previous tournaments were held at the arena in 1983, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2005. Taco Bell Arena hosted the 2002 NCAA Women’s Basketball West Regional.
Tickets for the 2018 NCAA Tournament games at Taco Bell Arena are currently on sale to those who held Boise State men’s basketball season tickets each of the past two seasons.
Some of the tournament’s most memorable games have taken place in Boise. In 2001 15th-seeded Hampton defeated Iowa State in the first round on a day where four games in Taco Bell Arena were decided by a combined seven points. Tyus Edney’s coast-to-coast buzzer-beater to lift UCLA over Missouri in 1995 also happened in Boise before the Bruins went on to win the national championship that year.