NCAA®​ First Four®​ Games - University of Dayton Arena

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 with the First Four® games kicking off March Madness.  In 2019, the games will be held March 19 & 20, 2019 at University of Dayton Arena.


In Dayton, college basketball holds a special place in our hearts.  We formed the Big Hoopla, an Ohio non-profit corporation comprised of community and business leaders who organize all activities for the Dayton region in and around the NCAA® First Four® and the Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. 



The Hoopla Ticket Program 

Each $1,000 towards the Hoopla Ticket Program provides 80 tickets to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Airmen and students.  With the support of NBA players and local businesses, the Hoopla Ticket program has donated over 40,000 tickets free-of-charge since 2012.


Not only will you love the excitement of the First Four® games, you'll love the special events:  the Big Hoopla Four Miler and the Big Hoopla STEM Challenge.



To us, the First Four® is much more than what happens on the court; it’s an 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 dream.