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Pepsi Center to host NCAA March Madness games in 2021, 2023, 2025

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament will return to Pepsi Center in 2021, 2023 and 2025.
Credit: AP Photo/Charles Krupa
The "March Madness" logo adorns a ball resting on the court during practice at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Boston, Thursday, March 22, 2018.

DENVER — College basketball teams, take note: Start your conditioning now.

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is coming back to the Mile High City.

The NCAA announced Wednesday the Mountain West Conference and Pepsi Center will team up to host games in the first and second rounds in 2023 and 2025.

In 2017, Pepsi Center was named the host of the 2021 March Madness West Regional for Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games.

The three tournament appearances in Denver will mark the fifth, sixth and seventh time that the Mountain West Conference and Pepsi Center have hosted March Madness events.

They previously worked together during the first and seconds rounds of the men's tournament in 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2016. In addition, they hosted the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four in 2012.

“We are thrilled that the NCAA has selected Denver and Pepsi Center to play host to the 2023 and 2025 Men’s Division I Basketball Championships,” said Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE)’s Vice President of Booking Matt Bell.  “A special thanks to our partners at the Mountain West Conference and the Denver Sports Commission for all of their support, and finally a big thank you to college basketball enthusiasts throughout the Rocky Mountain region for their continued support of the tournament when it comes to Denver.”

For those of you who like to plan ahead, mark it down: Denver will go mad in 2021, 2023 and 2025.

2021 March Madness

  • March 25 and 27, 2021
  • Sweet 16 and Elite Eight

2023 March Madness

  • First and Second Rounds

2025 March Madness

  • First and Second Rounds

“The Mountain West is again delighted to team with Pepsi Center in bringing phenomenal college basketball to Denver,” said Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson. “The community has witnessed some tremendous performances through the years and look to add to that rich history."

Ticket sales for the 2023 and 2025 events will be announced at a later date.

“Announcements for NCAA Championships are always exciting, and getting the news today is especially thrilling knowing the hard work put in by so many,” said Matthew Payne of the Denver Sports Commission. “Our sincere thanks and congratulations go out to the Mountain West Conference, Pepsi Center, University of Denver, and Metro State University for continuing to showcase Denver as a great place to host sports!”

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