MALIBU, Calif. -- Pepperdine University will host the West Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at STAPLES Center twice in three years, as the NCAA announced which sites will host 2014 and 2015 preliminary and regional competition today.
The Waves, who are partnering with AEG/STAPLES Center and the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission, are already set to host the upcoming 2013 NCAA West Regional on March 28 and 30. Today, they were also awarded the 2015 NCAA West Regional, which will be played March 26 and 28.
"We're excited to be able to put on the NCAA West Regional twice in such a short time period," Pepperdine Director of Athletics Steve Potts said. "We've already been looking forward to hosting in 2013 for a long time and preparations are going very well. We are pleased that the NCAA has entrusted 2015 with us as well. Our ticket sales have shown that Los Angeles loves college basketball, and both 2013 and 2015 will be great events for the city."
General seating for the 2013 NCAA West Regional is already sold out, though premier-level ticket packages and private suites are still available and can be purchased through the STAPLES Center website.
The 2013 event, which is the 75th anniversary of March Madness, will be the first time that Los Angeles has hosted NCAA Tournament games since 1994 and the 12th time overall.
Los Angeles hosted the Final Four in 1968 and 1972 (UCLA won the title both years), the West Regional in 1966, 1969, 1973, 1976, 1984 and 1994 and early-round games in 1979, 1981 and 1988. UCLA also won two titles coming out of a Los Angeles-hosted West Regional in 1969 and 1973, as did Georgetown in 1984.
The 2013 competition will be the first NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament event at STAPLES Center, which opened in 1999. The Los Angeles Sports Arena hosted the two Final Fours and the 1994 NCAA West Regional, while UCLA's Pauley Pavilion was the site on the other eight occasions.
The NCAA also announced today that two other Southern California sites will host in 2014. San Diego State will put on the second and third rounds at Viejas Arena, and the Big West Conference will run the West Regional at the Honda Center.