The NCAA Tournament in San Jose, California
Known as the technology capital of the world, San Jose, California brings much more to the table than the latest Google service or Apple electronic device. Come March, San Jose is hosting one of the most anticipated sporting events in the world.
Initially slated to host the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament first and second round games in 2021, the NCAA pushed the city up two years on its tournament schedule. The NCAA had originally tabbed Seattle’s Key Arena as the host city for the first two rounds of the 2019 tourney. However, that arena must undergo a two-year renovation to meet the NCAA’s hosting criteria for first and second round games
Since 1997, the NCAA has awarded the SAP Center six men’s basketball tournament events. In 2017, San Jose hosted the West Regional. With the NBA’s Golden State Warriors unveiling a new word class arena, there is talk that the Bay Area will eventually host a NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament National Championship.
NCAA Tournament at the SAP Center
As home of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, the SAP center has earned a reputation for being one of the loudest sports venues in North America. Much of the acoustic genius built into the advanced audio and video system gets inspiration from a team of Silicon Valley technology professionals that have worked closely with city and arena officials. SAP Center has a fan capacity of 18,543 for NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games.
The SAP Center has hosted numerous sporting events, including the USA Gymnastic Olympic Trials and the United States Figure Skating Championships. Sold out crowds attended San Jose Sharsk home games during the team’s 2016 Stanley Cup Finals matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Things to Do in San Jose During the NCAA Tournament
Often playing second fiddle to San Francisco, San Jose has emerged as a world class city in its own right. With a diverse population that spans the globe, the city continues to boom because of the growth of the technology sector. Fans visiting the Bay Area for the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament do not have to travel far to soak in the cultural and historical ambiance radiated by San Jose.
If you want to find a restaurant that matches your palate, head downtown or over to the South of First (SoFa) districts. Both business centers offer venues to sample craft beer and wine vintages grown in nearby Napa and Sonoma valleys. After enjoying a relaxing meal, head over to the world renowned Winchester Mystery House, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, or the NASA Ames Research Center for a highly educational experience.
Explore the vast history of computers by visiting the Computer History Museum. The museum takes visitors on a tour that explores how computer hardware and software have evolved. Rotational exhibits help you interpret technological innovations when you spend time at The Tech Museum of Innovation.
If nature is your thing, make room on your San Jose itinerary for the Heritage Rose Garden and Japanese Friendship Garden. The rose garden features countless varieties of roses, while the Japanese garden has several bridges and waterfalls that commemorate the bond between San Jose and its sister city of Okayama, Japan
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.