The under-construction Warriors Arena, a.k.a. the Chase Center, will play host to the NCAA Men's West Regional tournament in 2022, marking the first time since 1960 that SF has been a tournament site for men's college basketball though that was at the Cow Palace, technically in Daly City. As the Business Times has it, this is "the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1939 that San Francisco proper will host 'March Madness' games."
Says Warriors President and COO Rick Welts in a release, "Chase Center and the surrounding area are going to be a destination for the entire Bay Area and having the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship West Regional at Chase Center in 2022 is great for not only the City of San Francisco, but the entire Bay Area to come see some of the best in college basketball. This is one of the most exciting events on the calendar for sports."
The 18,000-seat venue finally broke ground in January after years of battling over both the Mission Bay site and a previous site on Pier 30. Construction is expected to be complete in time for the Warriors to play their 2019-2020 season at the arena, and the Warriors ownership have promised plenty of big-time arena concerts and events to happen there as well, like the NCAA tournament announced today.