Cleveland (WOIO) - The NCAA announced on Monday that Cleveland has been selected to host the 2015 NCAA men's tournament Midwest Regional.
The games, played on Thursday, March 26 and Saturday, March 28, will be played at Quicken Loans Arena and hosted by the Mid-American Conference.
The winner will advance to the Final Four which will be in Indianapolis.
"The Midwest Regional will be a truly exciting event that puts Cleveland in the national spotlight," David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said in a statement. "This event will bring thousands of visitors to Cleveland, showcase the city to sports fans across the country and infuse over $5 million into the local economy."
The Q also hosted the second and third round games of the NCAA tournament in 2011. Ohio State beat George Mason to go to the "sweet sixteen" that year. Cleveland also was a host city in 2000 and 2005.
"The award of the 2015 event is testimony to the faith and trust the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee has in the Mid-American Conference and in Cleveland," said Jon Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference in a statement. "The MAC and its partners have always been committed to conducting first-class, fiscally responsible events. We look forward to hosting the Midwest Regionals in 2015 at The Q."
Ohio will have three cities hosting games in the 2015 tournament. Dayton will host the two play-in games, while Columbus will host second and third round games.