Omaha will host NCAA men’s basketball tournament, volleyball national championship in 2020

Omaha will host NCAA men’s basketball tournament, volleyball national championship in 2020
World-Herald News Service

A pair of NCAA championship events previously hosted at the CenturyLink Center are coming back in 2020.

Creighton will host the first and second rounds of the Division I men’s basketball tournament March 19-22, 2020. Nebraska will be the host school for the 2020 women’s volleyball championships Dec. 17-19.

The NCAA announced sites for its championships Tuesday afternoon for the 2018-19 through 2021-22 school years.

This will be the fifth time the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will come to the CenturyLink Center. March Madness was last in Omaha in 2015, when the CenturyLink Center hosted the first two rounds. Omaha will host an NCAA Regional — the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games — next year.

Omaha will be the volleyball championship site for the fourth time since 2006, the most of any host location. The Huskers have reached the NCAA semifinals every time they have been played in Omaha, including national championships in 2006 and 2015.

Nebraska also had bid for the NCAA men’s Division I hockey championships, but the four sites selected all will be played at National Hockey League rinks beginning with the 2019 Frozen Four in Buffalo. Then it will be Detroit (2020), Pittsburgh (2021) and back to Boston in 2022. That’s where UNO played in its first Frozen Four in 2015.

Omaha also bid to host the NCAA Division I wrestling championships, but those will be in Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Detroit the next four years.

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