March Madness is coming back to the Mile High City.
Denver on Wednesday was named a host city for the first and second rounds of the 2023 and 2025 NCAA men’s basketball tournaments, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced. The games will be played at Pepsi Center and hosted by the Mountain West Conference.
This will be the sixth and seventh times Pepsi Center will have housed men’s tournament games. The arena hosted first- and second-round matches in 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2016, and will host the West Regional in 2021. It was also the site of the 2012 women’s Final Four.
The NCAA unveiled more than 450 host sites for a variety of championships from 2022-23 season through the 2025-26 season.
Other announced host sites in Colorado include the 2022 and 2024 D-II men’s and women’s cross country regionals (Washington Park in Denver); 2021, 2022 and 2026 men’s ice hockey regionals (Budweiser Events Center in Loveland); 2023 and 2025 men’s and women’s outdoor track and field championships (Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl in Pueblo); 2023 women’s gymnastics regionals (Magness Arena in Denver) and 2024 men’s and women’s skiing championships (Steamboat Resort and Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs).