March Madness Coming to Salt Lake City

University of Utah hosting NCAA Men’s Tournament games at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah is hosting NCAA Men’s Basketball first- and second-round games on Thursday and Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Salt Lake City is the only tournament site hosting both a No. 1 and No. 2 seed in Gonzaga and Arizona, respectively. Also playing in West Region bracket games at Vivint will be Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Saint Mary’s, VCU, North Dakota and South Dakota State.

Four first-round games will take place on Thursday, two in the afternoon session and two in the evening session. The winners will meet in a pair of second-round games on Saturday at times to be determined.

2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – Salt Lake City (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
All Times MDT

First Round – Thursday (March 16)
West Region
1-Gonzaga (32-1) vs. 16-South Dakota State (18-16)         12:00 p.m. (TBS)
8-Northwestern (23-11) vs. 9-Vanderbilt (19-15)                  Approx. 2:30 p.m. (TBS)

West Region
7-Saint Mary’s (28-4) vs. 10-VCU (26-8)                              5:20 p.m. (TBS)
2-Arizona (30-4) vs. 15-North Dakota (22-9)                        Approx. 7:50 p.m. (TBS)

Second Round – Saturday (March 18)
Gonzaga/South Dakota State winner vs. Northwestern/Vanderbilt winner             TBA
Saint Mary’s/VCU winner vs. Arizona/North Dakota winner                                   TBA

All of the tournament games will be televised nationally on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. The announcers for Salt Lake City are Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Steve Lappas (analyst) and Jamie Eardahl (reporter).

All-session and single-session tickets are available at the Vivint Smart Home Arena box office or at All-session tickets for all six games in the lower bowl are $270. Upper bowl all-session tickets go for as low as $150.

For complete tournament information, including helpful fan links, go to

The University of Utah is no stranger to hosting NCAA Championship events. This is the third time the U. is hosting NCAA Tournament games at ESA. Utah hosted men’s NCAA basketball first- and second-round games on 13 occasions at the Huntsman Center. Utah has also hosted NCAA regional rounds three times—most recently in March of 2010 at Vivint Smart Home Arena—and the 1979 NCAA Final Four featuring Michigan State’s Magic Johnson and Indiana State’s Larry Bird in the Huntsman Center.

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