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NC State to host 2008 NCAA 1st/2nd Rounds

By Bill Newton
Posted Thursday, July 8, 2004

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NC State Athletic Director Lee Fowler announced today that the NCAA Men's Basketball Selection Committee has chosen NC State to host a 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball First & Second Rounds site.

The 2008 Raleigh First & Second Rounds are scheduled for Friday, March 21 and Sunday, March 23 at the RBC Center.

"We are very excited about this opportunity to hold one of the venues again for the NCAA basketball tournament," Fowler said. "We were very pleased with how the first and second rounds went this past March and getting this event here is a direct result of the hard work by our tournament manager Charlie Cobb, assistant tournament manager Ann-Marie Sales, ticket manager Dick Christy, media coordinator Bill Newton and everyone else that was involved in making the 2004 First and Second Rounds the success that it was. With the level of interest in this area combined with the support from the RBC Center and the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, we can't wait to host again."

All six games of the 2004 NCAA Men's Basketball First & Second Rounds at the 19,722-seat RBC Center were sellouts, the greater Raleigh area made $2.3 million in direct visitor spending, plus approximately 4,844 total hotel room nights were booked during the tournament.


2007 OPENING ROUND
Dayton, Ohio; UD Arena; University of Dayton, host; Tuesday, March 13

2007 FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS
Buffalo, New York; HSBC Arena; Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Canisius College and Niagara University, co-hosts; Thursday and Saturday, March 15 and 17.
Chicago, Illinois; United Center; Big Ten Conference, host; Friday and Sunday, March 16 and 18.
Columbus, Ohio; Nationwide Arena; The Ohio State University, host; March 16 and 18.
Lexington, Kentucky; Rupp Arena; University of Kentucky, host; March 16 and 18.
New Orleans, Louisiana; New Orleans Arena; Tulane University, host; March 16 and 18.
Sacramento, California; ARCO Arena; University of the Pacific, host; March 15 and 17.
Spokane, Washington; Spokane Memorial Arena; Washington State University, host; March 15 and 17.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum; Wake Forest University, host; March 15 and 17.

2007 REGIONALS
East Rutherford, New Jersey; Continental Airlines Arena; Rutgers University, host; Friday and Sunday, March 23 and 25.
San Antonio, Texas; Alamodome; University of Texas-San Antonio, host; Thursday and Saturday, March 22 and 24.
San Jose, California; HP Pavilion; San Jose State University, host; March 22 and 24.
St. Louis, Missouri; Edward Jones Dome; Missouri Valley Conference, host; March 23 and 25.

2008 OPENING ROUND
Dayton, Ohio; UD Arena; University of Dayton, host; Tuesday, March 18.

2008 FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS
Anaheim, California; Arrowhead Pond; Big West Conference, host; Thursday and Saturday, March 20 and 22.

Birmingham, Alabama; BJCC Arena; Southeastern Conference, host; Friday and Sunday, March 21 and 23.
Denver, Colorado; Pepsi Center; Colorado State University and Mountain West Conference, co-hosts; March 20 and 22.
Little Rock, Arkansas; Alltel Arena; University of Arkansas-Little Rock, host; March 21 and 23.
Omaha, Nebraska; Qwest Center; Creighton University and Missouri Valley Conference, co-hosts; March 20 and 22.
Raleigh, North Carolina; RBC Center; North Carolina State University, host; March 21 and 23.
Tampa, Florida; St. Pete Times Forum; University of South Florida, host; March 21 and 23.
Washington, D.C.; MCI Center; Georgetown University, host; March 20 and 22.

2008 REGIONALS
Charlotte, North Carolina; Charlotte Arena; University of North Carolina-Charlotte, host; Thursday and Saturday, March 27 and 29.
Detroit, Michigan; Ford Field; University of Detroit-Mercy, host; Friday and Sunday, March 28 and 30.
Houston, Texas; Reliant Stadium; University of Houston, host; March 28 and 30.
Phoenix, Arizona; America West Arena; Arizona State University, host; March 27 and 29.

Sites of future Final Fours:
2005, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis
2006, RCA Dome, Indianapolis
2007, Georgia Dome, Atlanta.
2008, Alamodome, San Antonio
2009, Ford Field, Detroit
2010, RCA Dome, Indianapolis
2011, Reliant Stadium, Houston

 
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