The NCAA delivered the state of Iowa with a double dose of March Madness Wednesday.
Iowa and Iowa State will both host women’s basketball first- and second-round regional tournaments from March 22-25.
It’s the first time since 1998 – and the second overall – that Ames’ Hilton Coliseum and Iowa City’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena served as home venues for the same NCAA tournament.
The NCAA announced host sites for the 2014 first- and second-round games Wednesday. Of 16 arenas across the nation, Iowa, Texas and North Carolina landed two tournaments.
Host schools would be invited to play at home if they qualify for the tournament.
Iowa State last hosted in 2012.
“We are honored to again be chosen as a host site for the NCAA first and second round,” Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said in a press release. “The committee is well aware of the passionate fan base Iowa State has for women’s basketball. They also know our athletic department and the City of Ames will host a great event for the teams and their fans.”
Iowa hosted a regional first- and second-round tournament last season. The Hawkeyes beat Miami in a first-round game before falling to Notre Dame in the second round.
“We are extremely excited to host first and second round NCAA Tournament games again this season,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said in a press release. “This gives the University of Iowa and our women’s basketball team a chance to showcase our great arena for a second straight year. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host this terrific event.”
Games will be played from March 22-25. They will take place either Saturday, March 22 and Monday, March 24, or Sunday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 25. Playing times are expected to be determined later this month.
Both Iowa State and Iowa ranked in the nation’s top 20 in home attendance last season. Iowa State was second, drawing an average of 9,970 fans; the Cyclones trailed only Tennessee, which had 11,390 fans per game. Iowa was No. 19 with an average attendance of 4,567.
Ticket prices are yet to be determined. Last year’s Iowa first- and second-round game tickets were $30 for an all-session adult pass and $18 for single adult tickets.
This will be the eighth time Hilton Coliseum has hosted NCAA women’s basketball tournament games. Iowa State played in seven of them. The Cyclones didn’t qualify in 2004.
Iowa State was considered the host school in an NCAA first- and second-round regional at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines in 2008. Wells Fargo Arena also was the site of a regional bracket in 2012.
Carver-Hawkeye Arena will be a home site for the 13th time, including regional tournaments in 1986 and 1993.
Notre Dame, Stanford, Louisville and Nebraska will host the women’s regionals this season.
The women’s basketball committee decided over the summer to allow schools to host the regionals for the first time in nearly a decade, with the thought it could increase attendance.
All four schools have had incredible success at home, with Stanford boasting a 92-2 mark at Maples Pavilion since the start of the 2007-08 season. Notre Dame is 85-11 at home during that same span. Louisville and Nebraska each have won 81 percent of their home games over the past six years.
Other host venues
Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, La. (LSU)
Carmichael Arena, Chapel Hill, N.C. (North Carolina)
Comcast Center, College Park, Md. (Maryland)
Reed Arena, College Station, Texas (Texas A&M)
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, N.C. (Duke)
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn. (Tennessee)
Memorial Coliseum, Lexington, Ky. (Kentucky)
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, Calif., (UCLA)
Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, Wash. (Washington)
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. (Connecticut)
Savage Arena, Toledo, Ohio (Toledo)
Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pa. (Penn State)
Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas (Baylor)
Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind. (Purdue)
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