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Friday, August 22 2014, 01:32 PM EDT
UD Submits Bid for First Four Games through 2018
DAYTON -- The University of Dayton has submitted its bids for upcoming rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

working with the Local Organizing Committee, the university is bidding for the First Four games as well as the second- and third-round games for the 2016 through 2018 seasons. The university has already been awarded games for the 2015 season.

"We feel strongly about our position and the opportunity to host the First Four, as well as the second and third rounds beyond 2015," said Dr. Daniel J. Curran, President of the University of Dayton. "Since the inception of the First Four and in each of the 28 years UD Arena has hosted the tournament, the Dayton Region and its fans have showcased their passion and commitment to college basketball and the NCAA Tournament."

UD officials have pointed to past successes as evidence that Dayton is the best venue for future rounds of the tournament. Among those are:

2012: First-ever visit by the sitting US President, British Prime Minister and Governor to a single college basketball tournament game; first-ever and inaugural First Four Festival which attracted over 15,000 to downtown Dayton.

2013: First-ever First Four sellout as part of 10-consecutive NCAA Tournament games played in front of a sellout crowd in Dayton; UD Arena surpassed 100 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament games hosted.

2014: Record levels of community support for the Hoopla Ticket Program including support from multiple NBA players; new attendance highs at each of the Hoopla community events; 23,500 fans, Airmen and students from the Dayton Region packed UD Arena over two nights; record highs for viewership and TV ratings for the First Four.

"The work of the LOC and the CVB (Dayton Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau) continues to receive high praise from NCAA Tournament officials," said Scott DeBolt, Tournament Director, Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Director of UD Arena. "These groups are used as the gold standard for what other sites should do when it comes to community engagement, fan support, student-athlete welcoming and hotel atmosphere."

According to the university, the UD Arena has hosted 105 NCAA Tournament games in its history, more than any site in America, making Dayton the "Epicenter of College Basketball in America."

The 2015 NCAA Tournament will tip-off from UD Arena on Tuesday, March 17, and continue on Wednesday, March 18, with the First Four. Tickets for those games go on sale in mid-October.UD Submits Bid for First Four Games through 2018

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