NCAA Basketball Takes Center Stage in Pittsburgh This Month | Sports Destination Management

NCAA Basketball Takes Center Stage in Pittsburgh This Month

Mar 07, 2022

Pittsburgh will play host to the ultimate NCAA basketball weekend this March, with nine collegiate basketball games set to tip March 17-20, in Downtown.

SportsPITTSBURGH and the Presidents’ Athletic Conference will host the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship March 17 & 19 at Duquesne University’s brand new UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.

And, as previously announced, the Road to the Final Four® once again stops in Pittsburgh March 18 & 20 when SportsPITTSBURGH and Duquesne University play host to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds.

“Pittsburgh has proven to be a great host of NCAA championship events over the years, and we are excited that over four days in March, the city will play host to both the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and the Division III Women’s Basketball Championship,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball. “Fans should anticipate watching the best in men’s and women’s basketball, with an elevated fan experience for both events in one of America’s top sports cities.”

The pair of championships are two of the record-setting 22 NCAA Championship bids Pittsburgh won the right to host from 2018-22.

“March is synonymous with college basketball, and we’re thankful to the NCAA for trusting Pittsburgh to host two exciting men’s and women’s championships in one weekend,” said SportsPITTSBURGH Executive Director Jennifer Hawkins. “The City of Champions is the definitive destination for iconic sports experiences, and we look forward to not only crowning a women’s Division III champion, but also extending the Road to the Final Four for a pair of men’s teams.”

"What better place to hold NCAA Championship events than the City of Champions,” said Joe Onderko, Commissioner of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. “We live in a region that is passionate about our sports teams and about winning. Working with our friends and colleagues at SportsPITTSBURGH, the PAC is poised to help provide a dynamic student-athlete championship experience for the top Division III women's basketball teams in the country."

“The strong, long-standing partnership between PPG Paints Arena, SportsPITTSBURGH and Duquesne continues to ensure the seamless execution of hosting NCAA championship events,” added Dave Harper, Vice President of Athletics for Duquesne University. “Together, these three entities work diligently to guarantee that all the critical aspects of a championship – game atmosphere, student-athlete experience and operational excellence – are implemented with the professionalism and attention to detail that the NCAA has come to expect of us as hosts. I encourage fans to secure their tickets soon. As history has proven, these events will sell out quickly.”

Tickets for the women’s semifinal and championship games are available for purchase through Duquesne’s ticket office. Game times will be announced at a later date. 

Additionally, all-sessions and single-session tickets for the men’s first and second rounds are still available and can be purchased at All-sessions tickets include the four games on March 18 and two games on March 20.

About Presidents’ Athletic Conference 

Currently comprised of 11 select private institutions – Allegheny College, Bethany College, Chatham University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Geneva College, Grove City College, Saint Vincent College, Thiel College, Washington & Jefferson College, Waynesburg University and Westminster College – the PAC remains a unique organization in this day of high-pressure intercollegiate athletics, with academics at the center of each member’s philosophy. The PAC, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, crowns league champions and awards all-conference honors in its 23 championship sports.

About Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University’s academic programs, community service and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 


As a division of VisitPITTSBURGH, SportsPITTSBURGH’s primary goal is to attract and host a wide variety of sporting events while providing planners and local stakeholders with the expertise and professionalism required to host a world-class event in the Pittsburgh region.

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