NCAA Tournament 2018: Detroit
Detroit, Michigan is one of the first and second round locations for the 2018 NCAA Tournament. On March 16 and 18, the University of Detroit Mercy will host at the newly built Little Caesars Arena, home of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. Construction on the arena began in 2015 and was completed and open to the public in September of 2017. Back in 2014, at the time of the arena’s NCAA bid, it was yet to be built and intended only for ice hockey. In addition, completion of construction by 2018 was uncertain.
However, major construction progress and the arena’s new role as home of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons proved that Little Caesars Arena is ready for March Madness. The arena is the centerpiece of the pedestrian-friendly District Detroit, which includes the Fox Theatre Detroit, Detroit Opera House, and The Fillmore Detroit for fans to enjoy live entertainment.
NCAA Tournament Detroit History
Although this is Little Caesars Arena’s first time hosting March Madness, Detroit last hosted in 2013 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The second round produced an eleven point victory for the state’s own Michigan State over Valparaiso. In 2008, Detroit hosted the Midwest Regional in its downtown Ford Field. In a close game, top-seeded Kansas beat Davidson by two points. In that game, the NBA's Golden State Warriors superstar, Steph Curry, was playing for Davidson and set the record for most three-pointers in a single season with 159. Curry scored 25 of Davidson’s 57 points in the 59-57 game. Detroit hosted the Final Four in Ford Field in 2009, which North Carolina won.
Detroit Ticket Prices
Detroit prices are more than likely to move as the matchup is set and the games get closer, so be sure to check back as March Madness progresses. To see current ticket prices, scan the event listings at the top of this page for a look at Full Strip, Session 1, and Session 2 offerings.