The bracket is set. A total of 64 men’s college basketball teams still have hopes and dreams of winning the championship and hoisting the trophy. As of today, six wins in a row is the goal. And thousands of people throughout the country, from avid college basketball fans to those who haven’t watched a single game this year, will fill out a bracket to try and predict the winner as they get sucked into the madness of March.
The tournament began with four play-in games on Tuesday and Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio, at the University of Dayton Arena, a Daktronics-equipped venue. This isn’t unusual. Our customers and venues are hosting 49 games in this year’s tournament and our services team will be providing event support for 20 games, including the championship game on April 3rd in Phoenix, Arizona.
The 11 venues using our equipment are listed below, with an asterisk noting the locations receiving event support:
- University of Dayton Arena – Dayton, OH
- KeyBank Center – Buffalo, NY
- BMO Harris Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI
- Amway Center – Orlando, FL *
- Vivint Smart Home Arena – Salt Lake City, UT
- BOK Center – Tulsa, OK *
- Sprint Center – Kansas City, KS *
- SAP Center – San Jose, CA
- FedEx Forum – Memphis, TN
- Madison Square Garden – New York, NY *
- University of Phoenix Stadium – Phoenix, AZ *
Today, the first round of the tournament begins. 32 games will be played in 48 hours and half of the competition will be heading home. The remaining 32 teams will prepare to play in one of the 16 games that will be played in the following 48 hours. Just reading this, you can easily understand why this time of year is referred to as madness.
Millions of viewers across the nation will witness the triumph and heartbreak of the single elimination tournament, where every shot counts and buzzer beaters decide who stays and who goes. And we will be enhancing the experience with LED displays, technology and support. Let it begin!