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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® back to Dayton in 2022 and hosting them through 2026!


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After watching some of the most exciting college basketball games inside the University of Dayton Arena, you will find so much to explore in Dayton!  Book your hotel stay now.  And, while you're in Dayton for basketball action, don't forget to take in some of our incredible restaurants and world-renowned attractions!

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In Dayton, college basketball holds a special place in our hearts.
Get ready for the Big Hoopla, the First Four, 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 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.