LITTLE CAESARS ARENA GRANTED AN UNPRECEDENTED FOUR NCAA EVENTS BEFORE VENUE OPENS
March 16 & 18, 2018 Men’s Basketball First/Second Round, University of Detroit Mercy Hosts April 9-11, 2020 Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four, Michigan State and Detroit Sports Commission Host March 18 & 20, 2021 Men’s Basketball First/Second Round, University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University Host March 17-19, 2022 Men’s Wrestling Championships, University of Michigan and Detroit Sports Commission Host
DETROIT – The NCAA announced today that Little Caesars Arena will be the host site for three Division I Men’s sporting events, in addition to rounds 1 & 2 of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships, which was announced in November, 2014. This means the venue has been awarded four events before its opening in September, 2017.
The scheduled events at Little Caesars Arena are:
- March 16 & 18, 2018 Men’s Basketball First/Second Round, Detroit Mercy Hosts
- April 9-11, 2020 Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four, Michigan State Hosts
- March 18 & 20, 2021 Men’s Basketball First/Second Round, University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University Host
- March 17-19, 2022 Men’s Wrestling Championships, University of Michigan Hosts
Little Caesars Arena, future home to the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons, was designed to accommodate a wide range of sports events, concerts and family shows, including hockey, basketball and wrestling. This recognition by the NCAA is a testament to the state-of-the-art arena itself, as well as the vibrant resurging area surrounding it—the Ilitch organization-led 50-block sports and entertainment development known as The District Detroit.
“Being selected by the NCAA is yet another piece of evidence pointing to the attractiveness of Detroit and the success of the city’s rebirth,” said Olympia Entertainment president and CEO Tom Wilson. “The combination of sports, music, stores, new restaurants, residential, office and ongoing development in the region makes Detroit a perfect destination for NCAA fans."
“The confidence the NCAA has shown in the Ilitch organization, Olympia Entertainment, the Detroit Sports Commission and our partners at University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan State University, Oakland University and the University of Michigan is tremendous,” Wilson continued. “Our goal was always to bring Detroit to the forefront of national and international audiences, through our artists as well as our athletes, coaches and fans. We are thrilled to make good on our promise to provide a first-class sports and entertainment venue that surpasses all expectations. We’re proud to work with the Detroit Sports Commission and each of these prestigious schools to host the events, and look forward to showcasing Detroit on a national and international scale.”