HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – The XL Center in Hartford will host first- and second-round games of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Two first-round doubleheaders will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2019 with a second-round doubleheader on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

The NCAA made the announcement for a number of championship sites in various sports on Tuesday. The University of Connecticut will serve as the host school for the event.

The games will mark the return of the tournament to Hartford for the first time in 21 years, as UConn played host to NCAA men’s games at the XL Center in 1983, 1985, 1988, 1990 and 1998. There have been a total of 28 NCAA tournament games played in Hartford.

The UConn men’s team will not be eligible to play its first- and second-round games in Hartford if they are selected to the 2019 field. Teams are not allowed to play at sites where their institution is serving as a host.


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