The NCAA tournament is coming back to PNC Arena in Raleigh in 2016, the NCAA announced Monday.
N.C. State will serve as the official host for the first- and second-round games at PNC Arena, which will be a tournament site for the fourth time.
PNC Arena also hosted early-round NCAA tournament games last March and in 2008 and 2004. Before the arena opened in 1999, Raleigh hadn’t hosted NCAA tournament games since 1982.
The other seven cities that will host first- and second-round games in 2016 are Brooklyn; Denver; Des Moines, Iowa; Oklahoma City; Providence, R.I., and Spokane, Wash. The 2016 Final Four will be in Houston.
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Beginning with the 2016 tournament, the NCAA will also revert to calling the round of 64 the first round and the round of 32 the second round. In recent years, since the creation of the first four – the four play-in games at the start of the tournament – the NCAA had called those the second and third rounds.