The NCAA Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Hosting the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the third time since 2011 means Tulsa, Oklahoma obviously has what it takes to organize and pull off a world-class sporting event. The tourney returns to Tulsa on Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24 for first and second round matchups.
More than 43,000 fans attended the 2017 first and second round games held at the BOK Center. Director of the Tulsa Sports Commission, Vince Trinidad, praised the NCAA’s decision to bring the tournament back to Tulsa. “We’re happy to be a part of it. We’re happy to be a destination. And the fact that the NCAA is coming back in 2019 for first and second rounds for men’s basketball, I think for us, that speaks volumes.” Ray Hoyt, the President of Visit Tulsa remarked, “The momentum that we’ve created now will just add to that success. There’s some things that we already know we’re going to tweak to make it better, and I think the fan base will be really more supportive.”
NCAA Tournament at the BOK Center
As the primary indoor sports venue operating in Greater Tulsa, the BOK (Bank of Oklahoma) Center holds more than 19,000 fans in an arena that also hosts hockey games as well as live concerts. Private donors gave more than $18,000 to refurbish many of the private suites and boxes just in time for the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Some of the donated money went toward installing an advanced video recording system that projects high quality videos on a massive high definition screen.
About $1.5 million was designated for artwork within the BOK Center by the Tulsa Art Commission. The commission selected five artists out of more than 300 applicants to capture the bright mood and energy generated by city residents. One of the pieces is cloth sculpture that resembles a towering cloud. On the main concourse floor, you will marvel at the Native American medallions given by a private donor. Noted artist Mark Lewis presents a series of 25 colorful paintings displaying the wondrous beauty of tallgrass prairie landscapes.
What to Do in Tulsa During the NCAA Tournament
Tulsa has evolved into a world class entertainment center, with a live theater and performing arts venue sold out many times during the year. Three major casinos produce a buzz not felt many other places between Tulsa and Las Vegas. More than 140 parks spanning around 8,200 acres include two nature centers and nearly 70 miles of walking and biking trails. Shop at vintage boutiques on Cherry Street or check out the old school apparel sold in the Brookside District. Families can spend the off day during the tournament at the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum, which receives praise for its dedication to promote sustainable solutions for the environment.
Located inside the home of two prominent Tulsa residents, the Philbrook Museum of Art dazzles the senses with large, meticulously cared for gardens. Nine collections of fine art concentrate on the creations of Native Americans that specialize in paintings, jewelry, basketry, and pottery. The museum is conveniently located close to several hotels that many fans attending the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will call temporary homes.
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.