The NCAA has tapped San Diego State University (SDSU) as the future site of some big games for its 2022 men’s basketball tournament.
The university announced Tuesday that SDSU’s Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl has been picked by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in five years. Those games are scheduled for March 18, 2022, and March 20, 2022.
This marks the fifth time SDSU and its Viejas Arena have been tapped to host the tourney. Previously, the venue hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament in 2001, 2006 and 2014, the university said.
SDSU will also host the same games in NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in 2018.
For the 2022 gig, SDSU will be considered the “host institution.” Should the Aztecs qualify for the tourney, the team will not be eligible to play in San Diego, and will be sent elsewhere to play so there's no home court advantage.
Other sites selected to host games in the 2022 NCAA tournament include: Furman and the Southern Conference (Greenville, South Carolina); Duquesne (Pittsburgh); the MAAC (Buffalo, New York); TCU (Fort Worth, Texas); Marquette (Milwaukee) Cincinnati and Oregon State (Portland, Oregon).
The 2022 Final Four will be held in New Orleans.
SDSU said ticket information for the games in San Diego will be announced at a later time.