BOISE AND SPOKANE SWITCH YEARS IN HOSTING NCAA TOURNAMENT; MARCH MADNESS COMING TO BOISE IN 2009 INSTEAD OF 2010
BOISE, Idaho The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced today that Boise State will host NCAA Tournament first and second round games in 2009 instead of 2010 as was announced on July 6. Boise will swap years with Spokane, which was originally scheduled to host in 2009.

“We ran into a situation where Spokane was hosting the men’s first and second rounds in 2007 and the women’s regional in 2008,” David Worlock, Associate Director for Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, said. “We wanted to avoid the situation, if possible, of Spokane having to host three years in a row. We explored some options and Boise was willing to make the switch.”

Four first round, and two second round, games will be played at Boise State’s Taco Bell Arena on March 20 and 22 (Friday and Sunday), 2009.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the event in 2009,” Boise State Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier said. “As far as we are concerned, the sooner the better since we would like to host as often as possible in the future.”

The 2009 tournament will mark the eighth time Boise State has hosted first and second round games of the men’s national tournament. Boise State first hosted games in 1983, and again in 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2005. All the games have been played at Taco Bell Arena. Boise State also hosted the NCAA Division I Women’s West Regional Tournament in 2002.BOISE, Idaho The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced today that Boise State will host NCAA Tournament first and second round games in 2009 instead of 2010 as was announced on July 6. Boise will swap years with Spokane, which was originally scheduled to host in 2009.

“We ran into a situation where Spokane was hosting the men’s first and second rounds in 2007 and the women’s regional in 2008,” David Worlock, Associate Director for Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, said. “We wanted to avoid the situation, if possible, of Spokane having to host three years in a row. We explored some options and Boise was willing to make the switch.”

Four first round, and two second round, games will be played at Boise State’s Taco Bell Arena on March 20 and 22 (Friday and Sunday), 2009.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the event in 2009,” Boise State Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier said. “As far as we are concerned, the sooner the better since we would like to host as often as possible in the future.”

The 2009 tournament will mark the eighth time Boise State has hosted first and second round games of the men’s national tournament. Boise State first hosted games in 1983, and again in 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2005. All the games have been played at Taco Bell Arena. Boise State also hosted the NCAA Division I Women’s West Regional Tournament in 2002.

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