Hosting a portion of the March Madness tournament, no matter the round, is a prestigious accomplishment. The last time Taco Bell arena hosted a slate of March Madness games was back in 2009.
That year, Boise hosted a slate of both first and second-round games.
Two first round games in the East bracket, two in the West bracket, and two deciding “Round of 32” games made up the contents of the tournament.
Participating in that tournament included: 6 Marquette/ 11 Utah State, 3 Missouri/ 14 Cornell, 5 Florida State/ 12 Wisconsin, and 4 Xavier/ 13 Portland State.
The tournament ended with Missouri and Xavier winning their respective pods and advancing to the “Sweet 16.”
The most memorable game that Taco Bell arena has hosted might just be the game between Iowa state and Hampton in 2001:
March Madness 2018
In 2014, it was announced Taco Bell arena would host first and second-round games of the 2018 March Madness tournament. This will be the ninth time the tournament has been hosted in Boise.
The two first round games will be played on Thursday (march 15th) and the two second round games will be the following Saturday (March 17th).
The road to San Antonio will go through… pic.twitter.com/Hl51fmA3b1
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) November 17, 2014
Fellow Mountain West member San Diego State will also host a slate of first and second round games in 2018.
March Madness 2021
The NCAA announced the 613 host sites, for division I, II, and III, participating in preliminary and final rounds of championship tournament games from 2017-18- 2021-22.
Before making their final decisions, the NCAA received over 3,000 bids vying to host a portion of the March Madness tournament.
One of those sites includes Taco Bell arena which will host a slate of first and second round games in 2021.
2021 #MarchMadness sites
First Four: Dayton
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 18, 2017
Here’s what current Athletic Director Curt Apsey had to say on hosting again in 2021:
— Will Hall (@WillHallKTVB) April 18, 2017