City of Jacksonville awarded the NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds in 2010

July 6, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The City of Jacksonville has been selected to host the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship first and second rounds in 2010 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, with Jacksonville University serving as the host institution.

The JU Department of Athletics teamed up with the Jacksonville Economic Development Council (JEDC) Sports and Entertainment Board to put together the bid to host again after successfully running the first and second rounds this past March and receiving considerable praise from NCAA officials.

"This is another good thing to happen for Jacksonville University and the City of Jacksonville," said JU Director of Athletics Alan Verlander. "We have created a great partnership between JU, the JEDC and the Arena, and I look forward to working with them to stage another successful tournament in four years."

"This is another great win for the City of Jacksonville and we are extremely pleased that our hard work and persistent efforts paid off to secure the NCAA Tournament for 2010," said JEDC Sports & Entertainment Director Michael Sullivan. "We were very hopeful for this opportunity following the success of the NCAA games in March and are pleased that the city will once again be showcased in a national spotlight."

The return of "March Madness" to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena gives more basketball flavor to the downtown area. Earlier this summer, JU announced that it will play its home games there starting this season.

"I'm excited about the tournament returning to Jacksonville," said JU head men's basketball coach Cliff Warren. "It helped our men's basketball program in numerous ways, as well as Jacksonville University and the city of Jacksonville. Now everyone will know again what kind of city and program we have in Jacksonville."

Jacksonville was one of eight sites selected to host the first and second rounds in 2010, joining the biggest event in all of college athletics. Jacksonville joins Buffalo, N.Y.; Providence, R.I.; New Orleans, La.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Milwaukee, Wis.; San Jose, Calif.; and Boise, Idaho as first and second round sites in 2010. The 2010 Final Four will be held in Indianapolis, Ind.


Tickets for the 2010 NCAA Tournament will go on sale to the public a year in advance. JU basketball season ticket holders will have the right of first refusal in purchasing tickets for the event. To find out more information about purchasing season tickets, call the JU ticket office at (904) 256-7407.