Fla. – The NCAA announced today that Stetson University will serve as the host for the second and third round games of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2014.
Stetson will host with the Central
Florida Sports Commission, in partnership with the City of Orlando, Orange
County and the University of Central Florida.
"Being awarded this championship is a testament to the first-class
venues and other community assets that we are able to offer the NCAA here in
Central Florida,” said John Bisignano, president of the Central Florida Sports
Commission. “We look forward to working with the NCAA, Stetson University and
our respective community partners to ensure the success of this prestigious event.”
is nothing more exciting than the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, March
Madness and the road to the Final Four," Stetson University Director of
Athletics Jeff Altier said. "To
bring a part of this tournament to Orlando, and Central Florida, is the dream
of any sports enthusiasts, and at Stetson University we are enthusiastic about
"The staff at Stetson
University is proud to once again be the host and partner with the Amway
Center, the Central Florida Sport’s Commission, and our newest partner UCF. This will mark the fifth time Stetson
University has acted as the host to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament but
the first time under the new format.“
Dates of the actual tournament games staged in Orlando will be March
20-22, 2014. Specific
game times each day will be determined at a later date by the NCAA. Ticket information, including prices and
hospitality packages, will also be made available at a future date by the
Central Florida Sports Commission and Stetson University in conjunction with
“The vision for the new
Amway Center was to be able to host these marquee events like the NCAA
Basketball Tournament,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said. “These events are
not only exciting opportunities for our residents, but will draw thousands of
people from across the country benefiting our local economy.”
The NCAA Division I Men’s
Basketball Tournament will attract thousands of fans from across the United
States to our community, generating millions in economic impact for the region.
In addition, the international and national exposure generated from the media
and live telecast will be immeasurable for Orlando and Orange County.
Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament was previously hosted in Orlando, with
Stetson University serving as host, in 1993, 1996, 1999, and 2004 at the Amway
“Hosting the NCAA Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center is a great
example of what our community can accomplish when we come together for a common
goal,” Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said. “This event will have a
substantial positive impact on our economy and expose Central Florida’s
evolving brand to viewers around the world.”
“We’re thrilled that Orlando has been selected to host NCAA Tournament
games at the Amway Center,” Todd Stansbury, Athletic Director at the
University of Central Florida, said. “UCF will be a great partner to Stetson
University, the Central Florida Sports Commission and the eight teams from
around the country who will be visiting our area. UCF is pleased to support an
event that will greatly benefit and showcase our community and the Central
Florida region to the nation.”
The NCAA Division I Men’s
Basketball Tournament will add to the already growing list of marquee events
that have and will be staged at the Amway Center. In addition to the NCAA Men’s
Basketball Tournament, the Central Florida Sports Commission also has
outstanding bids to host the ACC and SEC Men’s Basketball Tournaments.
Announcements should be made on each of these events in the coming months.
the Central Florida Sports Commission:
The Central Florida Sports Commission strategically solicits, creates and
supports marquee sports-related events and businesses that enhance our community’s
economy. The Sports Commission represents the counties of Lake, Orange,
Osceola, Seminole and Volusia, as well as the City of Orlando. The Sports
Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Central
Florida including the Celebrity Mascot Games, the SPORTYS, Breakfast of
Champions, Gridiron 5K Challenge and the Daytona Beach Half Marathon.
University in central Florida dares its 3,877 undergraduate and graduate
students to go beyond success – to significance. Since 1883, Stetson’s vision
has remained constant, engaging students with rigorous academics and instilling
civic values for life. An independent university, Stetson offers a
comprehensive education in the arts and sciences, business, law and music.
Stetson was the first private university in Florida to be awarded a chapter of Phi
Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honor
society, and consistently earns high national rankings for academic excellence
and community-engaged learning. The university has four locations across
Central Florida: DeLand, Gulfport/St. Petersburg, Tampa and Celebration.