March Madness 2014 Dates And Locations: Preview Of Men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament

March Madness
Arizona State Sun Devils center Jordan Bachynski (13) celebrates with the fans after defeating the Arizona Wildcats 69-66 in double overtime at Wells Fargo Arena Reuters

March is finally here and that means one thing and that is March Madness. A month where college basketball fans fill out their brackets and just hope their predictions are right on. Selection Sunday is a very important day for fans because that day we find out if our team made it to the tournament. Cinderella stories, upsets and victories are always an essential part of this month.

Eating and breathing basketball this month is a must, games are on all day and if our team is playing we definitely don’t want to miss the action. Not necessarily do you have to attend a college to be a fan of a certain team. Maybe it is a family tradition or you have a friend who goes to school there or you just like how the team plays. For any of these reasons March Madness is one of the best events in sports.

Here is a list of important dates and locations you must know if you are a fan of the game and of this NCAA tournament.

Selection Sunday: 
March 16

First Round: March 18-19 
UD Arena (Dayton, Ohio)

Second-Third Rounds: 
March 20, 22 
First Niagara Center (Buffalo, N.Y.)
BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee) 
Amway Center (Orlando, Fla.)
 Veterans Memorial Arena (Spokane, Wash.)March 21, 23 
PNC Arena (Raleigh, N.C.) 
AT&T Center (San Antonio) 
Viejas Arena (San Diego)
 Scottrade Center (St. Louis)

South Regional: March 27, 29
 FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.)

West Regional: 
March 27, 29
 Honda Center (Anaheim, Calif.)

East Regional: 
March 28, 30
 Madison Square Garden (New York)

Midwest Regional: 
March 28, 30 
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)

National Semifinals: 
April 5
 AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

Championship Game: 
April 7 
AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

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Paloma Torres has worked at CNN en Español as an affiliates producer, covering stories from all over Latin America. She has also worked as a radio broadcast assistant in the Caribbean World Series and Puerto Rican Basketball league. She had her own sports section called Press Pass for local radio station Plenitud 88.5 FM. She is passionate about sports. Graduate of Universidad del Sagrado Corazón with a B.A in Telecommunications.