May 9, 2017

Wolstein Center to host NCAA men’s basketball tourney in 2020

Cleveland State University will assist the Mid-American Conference in hosting the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament in 2020, and in 2019 it will assist the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission in hosting the NCAA Fencing Championship.

It will be the first time that Cleveland State has hosted the men’s basketball tournament since 2011.

CSU also hosted the 2005 men’s tournament, in which now NBA superstar Chris Paul and his Wake Forest team were upset by Olmsted Falls local product Mike Gansey and the West Virginia Mountaineers. The game was a double overtime thriller in which Chris Paul fouled out.

The 2019 Fencing Championship, which Cleveland State will host, will be held at the Wolstein Center March 21 through March 24. This will impact the economy in Cleveland during those four days by $350,000 via the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

The 2020 men’s college basketball tournament will be held at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20 and 22. Quicken Loans Arena will also host the 2020 NBA All-Star game. The economic impact that the men’s tournament will bring Cleveland over those couple days is $8,000,000 via the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

Other men’s tournament games held in Ohio in the future include the University of Dayton from 2018 to 2020, Columbus in 2019 at Nationwide arena, and Cincinnati in 2022 at the U.S. Bank Arena.

Other cities with current first and second round bids of the men’s college basketball tournament in 2020 currently include Sacramento, Calif., Omaha Neb., and Greensboro N.C..


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