Dayton is a basketball mecca! March is upon us and exciting basketball madness can be found in Dayton! UD Arena has hosted more NCAA® Tournaments than any other venue in the nation. This March, Dayton and UD Arena will proudly welcome and host the NCAA® First Four® Tournament (March 15 & 16), the Ohio High School Athletic Association Girls (March 10-12) & Boys (March 18-20) Basketball State Tournaments, as well as a series of celebratory events on NCAA® Selection Sunday, March 13, coordinated by the Big Hoopla, Dayton's Local Organizing Committee! Read on to learn more about all these exciting events and to get in on the action!

 

NCAA®​ First Four®

The NCAA®​ First Four®

The Dayton region is recognized as the Epicenter of College Basketball. Fans from around the world know that THE ROAD STARTS HERE™, in Dayton, Ohio! Dayton looks forward to welcoming the NCAA® First Four® Tournament back to UD Arena this year AND to hosting the NCAA® First Four® Tournament through 2026!

There will be two games in each session (night), March 15 & 16, and the winners of each game will advance in the Dance of March Madness®. We won't know who's playing in the First Four® Tournament until NCAA® Selection Sunday, March 13, but we can guarantee the games will played in front of packed house at UD Arena, where the energy is always electric!

Tickets are available now, with times and teams to be announced!

#DaytonHoopla

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In Dayton, college basketball holds a special place in our hearts. Get ready for the Big Hoopla and so much more to return to Dayton in 2022. Since 2012, The Big Hoopla has showcased Dayton’s collaborative spirit, basketball unity and affinity for our military heroes serving locally and around the world. The First Four® NCAA® Basketball Tournament presents a tremendous opportunity to come together as a community, and as a country, to celebrate the great things that can be accomplished with teamwork, dedication, and a shared goal.  Join in on the fun by participating in one or all three of these planned community activities:

1. Big Hoopla 4 Miler

hoopla 4 miler

Here in Dayton, it's about more than just basketball, it’s four full days of activities and the first of all those events is the Big Hoopla 4 Miler. On Selection Sunday, March 13, the day begins with a 4-mile run that starts and finishes at the heart of basketball. The course crosses over two rivers, passes by three MetroParks, and is as fast as it is scenic.

All participants receive a long-sleeve tech tee, a custom finisher medal, free race photos, tons of post-race food. DJ Ron Perry keeps the energy levels high with heart-pounding music! Check-in opens at 9 a.m., and the race begins at 10 a.m. The top 4 overall male and female runners will receive a CASH PRIZE, and the top 3 male and female runners in each age group receive two (2) tickets to the NCAA® First Four® Tournament games at UD Arena on March 15 & 16, 2022. Register now!

2. STEM Challenge

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Ready to learn and have fun - all for free?!  Do your kids wanna shoot some hoops? On Sunday, March 13, bring your family to participate in a FREE basketball ‘hot shot’ and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education contest with prizes awarded for each shot made! The event is open to boys and girls grades K–8 and will take place at the Dayton Convention Center with plenty of room for safe social distancing.

The event ties together the excitement and passion for college basketball to the power of STEM education. Regional and national partners will be on-site to engage students with hands-on science, technology, engineering and math demonstrations. Registration is free, and more information will be posted on the event site.

3. Hoopla Family Festival

hoopla family festival

The Oregon District Business Association and the Big Hoopla are proud to invite you and your family to the Oregon District for a FREE Family Festival on Sunday, March 13, from 2-7 PM. Share the excitement as Daytonians tip-off the coming basketball tournament season! Bring the entire family to enjoy activities and special events throughout the day along 5th Street (between Patterson and Wayne Ave) including interactive displays, live entertainment, NCAA® Selection Sunday viewing, and a whole lot more! The RTA Flyer will run on Sunday between 2 & 7 PM.

 

OHSAA Basketball State Tournaments

OHSAA

As if the NCAA® First Four® Tournament Tournament wasn't exciting enough, Dayton and UD Arena will also be hosting the Ohio High School Athletic Association Girls and Boys Basketball State Tournaments in March! According to Doug Ute, Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Executive Director, “The University of Dayton does such a great job hosting basketball tournaments . . . It (UD Arena) is a tremendous basketball arena and we are so excited that our student-athletes will get to play for a state championship in front of a packed arena.” The state's high school basketball elite will battle it out on the hallowed floor of UD Arena to see who will be named OHSAA Girls & Boys State Basketball Champion! Don't miss the action. 

1. 2022 OHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament March 10 - 12, University of Dayton Arena

Thursday, March 10 (State Semifinals): DIII - 12 and 2 p.m., DII - 6 and 8 p.m.
Friday, March 11 (State Semifinals): DIV - 12 and 2 p.m., DI - 6 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 (State Championships): DIII - 10:45 a.m., DII - 2 p.m., DIV - 5:15 p.m., DI - 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased by clicking here. All tickets are digital and must be purchased online in advance.

Girls basketball all-session tickets are $96 plus processing fee. Premium all-session tickets are $136 plus processing fee. Single-session tickets for the girls basketball state tournament go on sale Monday, March 7, The championship games are each single sessions on March 12. The semifinal sessions begin at noon and 6 p.m., while the championship games are at 10:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Single-session general admission tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students plus processing fee. Single-session premium tickets are $20 plus processing fee. 

Parking fees are included in the ticket cost and fans are encouraged to carpool. Disability seating is available and can be selected from the seat map when purchasing tickets. A limited number of suites are available. Those interested in a suite should contact the UD Arena Ticket Office at 937-229-4433 or via email FlyerTickets@udayton.edu.

2. 2022 OHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament March 18-20, University of Dayton Arena

Friday, March 18 (State Semifinals): DIII - 10:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., DII - 5:15 and 8:30 p.m. 
Saturday, March 19 (State Semifinals): DIV - 10:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., DI - 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 
Sunday, March 20 (State Championships): DIII - 10:45 a.m., DII - 2 p.m., DIV - 5:15 p.m., DI - 8:30 p.m. 
Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased by clicking here. All tickets are digital and must be purchased online in advance.

The Boys Basketball State Tournament will feature the return of the Center Court Club, which includes a seat close to the arena floor and access to a hospitality room so fans can stay in the arena between games. Center Court Club all-session tickets are $475 plus a processing fee. Boys basketball all-session tickets are $168 plus processing fee, while premium all-session tickets are $216 plus processing fee. Single-session tickets for the Boys Basketball State Tournament go on sale Monday, March 14. Each game is its own session for the Boys State Tournament, which is March 18-20 (Friday through Sunday). Game times are at 10:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. all three days. Single-session adult tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students, plus processing fee. Single-session premium tickets are $20, plus processing fee.

Parking fees are included in the ticket cost and fans are encouraged to carpool. Disability seating is available and can be selected from the seat map when purchasing tickets.  A limited number of suites are available. Those interested in a suite should contact the UD Arena Ticket Office at 937-229-4433 or via email FlyerTickets@udayton.edu.


The Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau encourages you to head out and enjoy some of these ballin' events, and make sure to check out everything else Dayton has to offer.

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