Iowa State, which hosted the 2002 Midwest Regional, played host to NCAA first and second round games from 1998-2002. Actual dates will be assigned when the bracket is announced in March. Iowa State has set several NCAA Tournament attendance marks since 1998.
"The reputation of Iowa State among NCAA committee members is positive," said ISU associate athletics director Calli Sanders, a former committee member. "The work that people have done in past NCAA Tournament events in Ames has not gone unnoticed."
The NCAA Tournament changed its format last season. Previously, the top 16 seeded teams were awarded first- and second round home games. Starting with the 2003 NCAA Tournament, schools must bid annually and sites for the first- and second-round games are awarded in the summer before the coming academic year.
A list of sites follows:
The Pit/Bob King Court (15,983) University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico
James H. Hilton Coliseum (14,100) Iowa State University Ames, Iowa
Frank Erwin Center (16,079) University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas
Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,340) Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Cassell Coliseum (10,052) Virginia Polytechnic Institute Blacksburg, Virginia and State University
McKenzie Arena (12,000) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Tennessee Chattanooga
St. John Arena (13,276) Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio
Bridgeport Arena at Harbor Yard (8,754) Fairfield University Fairfield, Connecticut
Williams Arena (14,625) University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota Twin Cities
Adams Center/Dahlberg Arena (7,321) University of Montana Missoula, Montana
The Liacouras Center (10,206) Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Thunderdome (6,000) University of California, Santa Barbara, California Santa Barbara
Wells Fargo Arena (14,141) Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona