The 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!


University of Dayton Arena

The University of Dayton Arena is widely considered one of the national premier college basketball facilities.

The University recently wrapped up a three-phase, $75 million transformation of UD Arena just in time for the 50th season of basketball at the Arena. Since it opened on Dec. 6, 1969, more than 10 million fans have visited the Arena.

Plan Your Stay!

After watching some of the most exciting college basketball games inside University of Dayton Arena, you will find so much to explore in Dayton!


In Dayton, college basketball holds a special place in our hearts.
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 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.