April 19, 2017 2:04 pm
The 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, rounds one and two, will be played at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 21 & 23, 2019. This is the fourth time that Jacksonville has been selected as a host site. Previous years were 2006, 2010 and 2015. Past events have generated an estimated economic impact of $5-7 million each in 2006, 2010 and 2015.
“We are thrilled to welcome NCAA Championship events back to Jacksonville,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. Our community continues to demonstrate that we are a premiere destination for many of the biggest and brightest sporting events. This is another great opportunity to support and celebrate student-athletes who are competing at the highest level.”
“It is an honor and privilege for Jacksonville University to again serve as host institution for the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. We are committed to helping Jacksonville take its rightful place nationally as a rising sports and entertainment hub, and JU’s talent and dedication can always be counted on in service to that cause.” – President Tim Cost, who currently serves as a member of the NCAA Board of Directors
“JAXSPORTS continually recruits large-scale sporting events to our community because of the great partnerships with the City of Jacksonville, SMG, JU and UNF,” said Charlie Tomm, chairman of the JAXSPORTS Council. “The ability to provide first-class facilities and a team of professionals that is the best in the business elevates Jacksonville to the top of the list. We are excited to welcome the NCAA back to Jacksonville.”