- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Georgetown University will host the 2019 NCAA Division I men’s basketball East Regional Championship at the Verizon Center, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

The regional semifinals and finals will be held Friday, March 29, 2019, and Sunday, March 31, 2019, respectively.

“We are very excited to serve as the host for the 2019 NCAA Regional Championship with our partners at Verizon Center,” Georgetown Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed said. “We are very excited to showcase March Madness in the nation’s capital as we further our strategic initiative of bringing high-level athletics events to the DMV.”

The District has hosted the NCAA Tournament seven times since 1998. It will be the sixth time Georgetown has hosted at the Verizon Center. The Hoyas previously hosted the first and second rounds in 2002, 2008 and 2011 in addition to hosting the regional finals in 2006 and 2013.

Syracuse beat Marquette in the 2013 regional finals, the last time the event was held at the Verizon Center.

“It’s exciting to have the NCAA Regional Championship back in the nation’s capital and here at Verizon Center for the third time,” said David Touhey, Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s president of venues. “The arena has hosted the tournament six times since 1998 across multiple rounds and has now been awarded the seventh iteration of the tournament — the third time being for the Regional Championship.”

The other regional semifinals and finals will be held in Kansas City, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; and Anaheim, California, from March 28-31, 2019. Hosting the second and third rounds from March 21-24, 2019 will be Columbus, Ohio; Jacksonville, Florida; Columbia, South Carolina; Salt Lake City, Utah; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Des Moines, Iowa; Seattle, Washington; and Hartford, Connecticut. The First Four will be held in Dayton, Ohio, on March 19 and 20, 2019. The 2019 Final Four will be held April 6 and 8 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ticket information for the 2019 NCAA Regional semifinals and finals will be released at a later date.

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