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May 21, 2014 at 1:17 PM

2015 NCAA tournament games at KeyArena

Corrected version

Editor’s note: The original version of this post included incorrect information about obtaining tickets to this event. A future post will include the correct information.
 

Eight teams will participate in the men’s NCAA Tournament preliminary-round games at KeyArena next March 20-22.

It’s the first time the tournament has played games in Seattle since 2004.

Seattle has a strong history with the NCAA tournament dating to 1984, when it hosted the Final Four at the Kingdome.

Seattle was also the Final Four site in 1989 and 1995, but when the city demolished the Kingdome, it lost its capacity to host a Final Four because the NCAA prefers to hold the event inside larger venues.

After the 2004 NCAA tournament, there were several complaints about KeyArena, which might explain the 11-year drought.

The University of Washington will serve as the host school for the games in Seattle.

“It’s just important for the psyche of our town,” UW athletic director Scott Woodward said in November 2012 when Seattle was awarded the games. “We are a basketball town. Even though we did lose the Sonics, we still have great talent here. We have great tradition in basketball. This is a big-time city.”

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