Columbus Hosting NCAA March Madness | Information and Activities

Columbus is a great city for NCAA Basketball with the Ohio State Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams in the Top 25 annually.  Central Ohio has also become a great destination for hosting the early rounds of March Madness over the last ten years.

This March, the second and third rounds of the Men’s Basketball tourney return to Nationwide Arena on Friday, March 16th (four games) and Sunday, March 18th (two games).  For both the men and the women, Columbus will have hosted the early rounds three times each in the last decade (Men: 2004, 2007, 2012 and Women: 2004, 2009, 2011).  The Women’s Basketball – Second and Third Rounds will be coming back to St. John Arena in 2013, making it three times in the last five years Ohio State has hosted the games.

As we great ready for NCAA Basketball, check out the Greater Columbus Sports Commission’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage and our facebook page that will have all the things to know about March Madness.  Whether, it’s game times, TV schedules, tickets, fan fests and more, this guide will be updated several times, so keep coming back to check for new information.

For fans wanting to know what other activities are planned during the Second and Third round games, check out the website  On Friday, March 16th from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., the Columbus Dispatch, 10TV and Columbus Alive! will again host “Fan Madness”, as they did in 2004, in Battelle Hall at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Battelle Hall will turn into one gigantic and FREE sports bar for NCAA March Madness.  Fans can enjoy a day of basketball action, Columbus’ ESPN radio station affiliate 97.1 The Fan “LIVE”, cold brews, Fan Girls and a ton of other activities including appearance by former Buckeye football and basketball stars including Scoonie Penn, JJ Sullinger, Terrance Dials, Craig Krenzel, James Laurinaitis and Mike Doss.

Come early and stay late with activities including TV coverage of the games, a NASCAR Simulator, corn-hole tournament, an X Box station, Arcade and Pool Hall, golf simulator, snowboarding simulator, mechanical bull, and a pop-a-shot.


About GCSC

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission (GCSC) was formed in June 2002 to provide leadership, guidance and marketing expertise in attracting regional, national and international sporting events and activities to bolster Greater Columbus economically and socially. Since its inception, GCSC has bid on and brought more than 150 new sporting events to Columbus that have generated an estimated $150 million in visitor spending. The GCSC also works to retain annual bid events that have generated an additional $100 million in visitor spending.
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