Providence To Host NCAA Men’s Basketball First And Second Rounds In 2025


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was announced today [October 14, 2020] by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee that the Dunkin’ Donuts Center has been selected as one of the sites for the First and Second Rounds of the 2025 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Providence College will serve once again as the host institution (games will be played March 20-23). Providence College and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center are set to host the First and Second Rounds this season on March 18 and 20, 2021.  Most recently, PC and the Dunk’ also teamed up to host the event in 2016 and 2010. 

“Once again, we are excited to serve as the host of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Providence,” Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll said. “We appreciate the support that the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau give us to help bring this prestigious event to the capital city on a regular basis.  I am sure all the great basketball fans in Rhode Island will be looking forward to seeing more NCAA Tournament action in Providence.” 

The Dunkin’ Donuts Center has a long history of hosting NCAA men’s basketball tournament action. In addition to hosting the First and Second Round games in 2021, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center hosted the East Regionals in 1975, 1978 and 1985. The First and Second Rounds of the 2016, 2010, 1996 and 1989 NCAA Men’s Tournament also were played at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

“This is a marquee sporting event for the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island. March Madness typically pumps more than $3 million into the Rhode Island economy and showcases the city to millions of television viewers,” said RI Sports Commission Executive Director John Gibbons. “Both the Sports Commission and the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau look forward to working with our partners at Providence College and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, as well as the entire community, to welcome the teams and their fans.”

Providence College has long been active in pursuing NCAA Tournament action. Providence College has served as the host school each time the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has been played in Providence. The College also has served as the host for three Frozen Fours (1986, 1995 and 2000) and two men’s ice hockey Regionals (1992 and 2003) at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Ticket pre-sale information and timelines will be released closer to the event. As in the past, Providence College men’s basketball season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to reserve tickets to this event before tickets go on sale to the general public. To become a season ticket holder today, please visit our online box office at http://www.friars.com/tickets or call our office at 401-865-GOPC (4672).

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