The site selection committee for the NCAA mens' basketball tournament has, for the first time, chosen Barclays Center as a March Madness site. In 2016, Brett Yormark announced that the arena will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament.
"March Madness comes to Brooklyn! We are excited to host one of the world’s greatest sporting events in a venue that has become the center of college basketball on the East Coast," said Yormark in a statement. "I would like to thank Mark Emmert, Mark Lewis, Scott Barnes, Dan Gavitt, and Andy Arnold for showing the NCAA’s commitment to Barclays Center and to Brooklyn. I also want to thank the Atlantic 10 and its Commissioner Bernadette McGlade for their partnership through this process.
"In just two years, Barclays Center has welcomed the most exciting and talked about events in sports and entertainment and the NCAA Tournament will be another celebrated moment for the borough."
The Nets already host the Atlantic 10 championships and Coaches vs. Cancer as well as other college hoops games including the upcoming Barclays Center Classic. Madison Square Garden will host the East Regional in 2017.
Barclays Center, MSG to Host NCAA Tournament in 2016, ’17 - Adam Zagoria - SNY