Pepperdine, STAPLES Center Awarded 2020 NCAA West Regional
The Waves will host four NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional Championships in eight years.
MALIBU, California – Pepperdine University, which is already set to host the West Regional of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament at STAPLES Center in 2018, has been awarded the event again in 2020, the NCAA announced today.
Pepperdine has partnered with AEG/STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission for what will be four NCAA West Regionals in eight years (including 2013 and 2015).
The dates of next year’s event are March 22 and 24, 2018. The 2020 dates will be March 26 and 28.
“We are thankful that the NCAA has continued to entrust us with hosting duties of the West Regional,” Pepperdine Director of Athletics Dr. Steve Potts said. “Thanks to our partnerships with STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission and with all the hard work put in by our staff, our first two times hosting the West Regional went extremely well, and we are looking forward to hosting the event again in 2018 and 2020.”
Lee Zeidman, President of STAPLES Center, said: “We are thrilled to host the 2020 West Regional of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament for the fourth time in eight years. STAPLES Center and AEG along with our partners at Pepperdine University and the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission are honored to have our venue selected once again as a site for March Madness. We look forward to seeing which teams will battle it out to reach the Final Four in 2018 and 2020.”
A limited number of 2018 NCAA West Regional premier-level ticket packages and event suites are available. General seating tickets will go on sale to the public on November 4, 2017. All can be purchased through the STAPLES Center website.
The 2013 event, which saw Wichita State advance to the Final Four, was the first time that Los Angeles had hosted NCAA Tournament games since 1994, and it was the 12th time overall. In 2015, Wisconsin was the West Regional champion.
Los Angeles hosted the Final Four in 1968 and 1972 (UCLA won the title both years), the West Regional in 1966, 1969, 1973, 1976, 1984 and 1994 and early-round games in 1979, 1981 and 1988.
The 2013 competition was the first NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament event at STAPLES Center, which opened in 1999. The Los Angeles Sports Arena hosted the two Final Fours and the 1994 NCAA West Regional, while UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion was the site on the other eight occasions.
The NCAA announced future preliminary-round sites between 2019 and 2022 today. Two other Southern California sites will host during this cycle. The Big West Conference will host the 2019 NCAA West Regional at the Honda Center, while San Diego State will bring the 2022 first and second rounds to its Viejas Arena.