NCAA Tournament 2018: San Diego
San Diego, California is one of the first and second round locations for the 2018 NCAA Tournament. SDSU will host at Viejas Arena, home of the school’s Aztecs, on March 16 and 18. SDSU owns the on-campus arena, which also hosts major international concert tours. The arena was built in 1997 and has a capacity of 11,000. Although this is on the smaller end for NCAA host arenas, it sold out for the 2014 first and second rounds and received high praise from fans. The surrounding area has something for every fan, including beaches, nightlife, and Legoland.
NCAA Tournament San Diego History
SDSU and Viejas Arena are no strangers to the tournament’s first and second rounds, hosting in 2001, 2006, and 2014. However, this tradition nearly ended a decade ago. After 2006, the NCAA increased the minimum capacity for host venues to 12,000, which eliminated Viejas from hosting again due to its 11,000-person capacity. Still, the NCAA knew that Viejas was an ideal venue for the tournament. In response, in 2010 the NCAA decreased the minimum host venue capacity to 10,000. Viejas was able to submit their bid, and earned hosting privileges for 2014.
That year, the San Diego rounds sent Arizona to the Regional semifinals, where they beat SDSU. However, not all was lost for San Diego, as the Viejas rounds sold out and received praise from fans, which resulted in Viejas being chosen to host again for this year. Fomer Aztecs coach, Steve Fisher, credited Viejas’ and the university staff for the NCAA choosing the smaller arena over ones that could seat more people and make more money.
San Diego Ticket Prices
San Diego 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.