The NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio has emerged as a major player among the hosts of NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games. A great place to visit for a major event, the city has also won the right to host several other NCAA athletic competitions.
Greater Columbus Sports Commission Executive Director Linda Shetina Logan emphasized the importance of the Ohio capital attracting high profile NCAA athletic events. “As the Sports Commission celebrates its 15th anniversary, we feel our collective relationship with the NCAA as a premier host community is the strongest it’s ever been,” Logan said in a press release. “All of our university partners were amazing to work with and it’s great for Columbus’ future to add 12 new championships to the six we have left to host through 2018, including the NCAA Women’s Final Four. We’re so thankful for the community supporting all of these championships.” One of the NCAA tournaments referred to by Logan is the 2019 Men’s Basketball Tournament held in Columbus.
March Madness arrives in Columbus Ohio over the weekend of March 22 through March 24. Hosted by The Ohio State University, the 2019 men’s basketball tournament is sure to be a memorable event. The NCAA also awarded Columbus the first two rounds of the tourney in 2015.
NCAA Tournament at Nationwide Arena
Known best as the home of the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets, Nationwide Arena has served the region since 2000. When the NHL considered expanding into Ohio, Nationwide Arena made the difference in the league opting for Columbus over Cleveland and Cincinnati. Nationwide Arena is a multi-use facility that has hosted four previous first and second round matchups of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. The NCAA also named the arena host for the national championship games played during the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Ohio State University men’s basketball team has played several preseason games at Nationwide Arena. Although the host school for the 2019 NCAA men’s basketball tourney plays home games on campus, there is talk of the Buckeyes men’s team hosting an in season non-conference tournament. The Buckeyes hockey team also uses the arena whenever Value City Arena is booked for another event. The largest crowd ever to watch a sporting event at Nationwide Area watched the Blue Jackets play the Washington Capitals in a thriller on April 19, 2018.
Things to Do in Columbus, Ohio during the NCAA Tournament
Although Cleveland and Cincinnati receive much of the publicity in Ohio for being world-class cities, Columbus is certainly on par with its two Ohio city brethren. More than 30 merchants conduct business in the beautiful North Market commercial district, which is a short walk from most hotels operating in downtown Columbus. Art aficionados will love the galleries open in the Short North Arts District. Visiting fans can also tour the recently renovated Ohio Statehouse and explore German culture by spending time in the German Village. Renowned naturalist Jack Hanna has created a memorable African wildlife exhibit at the city zoo called “Jungle.” Foodies should love the diverse offerings coming from the bustling downtown independent restaurant scene.
If you haven’t visited Columbus, Ohio in a few years, you will be amazed at the number of new cultural, historical, and entertainment attractions. One such entertainment venue is called LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Promoted as the premier LEGO playground in the United States, the facilities offer adventure enthusiasts two breathtaking rides, as well as 10 LEGO build and play zones. Don’t think this attraction is just for kids. You can expect to see as many adults proudly displaying their LEGO creations.
March Madness 2019 Early Round Round Sites
The first and second round games for this year’s NCAA Tournament are taking place in eight exciting U.S. cities. To shop tickets in each of these locations, follow the links below.