March Madness 2012: Schedule, Dates, Locations, and Tickets

We are officially a week away from Selection Sunday. And while the final games of the regular season and the conference tournaments are fun, the real madness begins once the brackets are announced.

march-madness-2012-dates-schedule-tournament-sites-ticketsMarch Madness 2012 has begun, but it is far from its crescendo. That’s what is great about March Madness. From March 1st until the first weekend in April when the Final Four is played, it just keeps getting better.

Here are a few links you should bookmark to have at the ready for the next week, then I’ll run down the March Madness 2012 schedule and give you plenty of links if you are planning on traveling to any of the sites to see games in person.

March Madness 2012 Info

March Madness 2012 Schedule

Here are the key dates to keep in mind as this year’s NCAA Tournament approaches:

  • March 5-March 11: Conference Championship Week
  • March 11: Selection Sunday
  • March 13 and 14: First Four
  • March 15 and 16: Second Round Games*
  • March 17 and 18: Third Round Games*
  • March 22 and 23: Sweet 16 Games
  • March 24 and 25: Elite 8 Games
  • March 31: Final 4
  • April 2: NCAA Championship Game

* – Remember that because of the First Four, the games on the NCAA Tournament’s traditional opening weekend are now officially referred to as “second round” and “third round” games, as silly as that sounds.

March Madness 2012 Tournament Sites and Tickets

Below you will find a breakdown of the March Madness 2012 schedule by tournament site, with links for you to buy tickets to each site.

All ticket links below go to Midwest Sports Fans does have an affiliate relationship with Ticket Liquidator, so we greatly appreciate you purchasing your tickets via the links below as each purchase helps to keep our website alive.

I have ordered tickets from Ticket Liquidator in the past, so I can personally vouch for their ordering system and customer service. I would not link you to them if I could not.

Additionally, here are some other links that may help with your travel plans:

First Four Sites and Tickets

  • Dates: March 13th and 14th
  • Site: University of Dayton Arena in Dayton Ohio
  • First Four Tickets: All Session Strip

Second and Third Round Sites and Tickets

Portland, Oregon

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Louisville, Kentucky

Columbus, Ohio

Omaha, Nebraska

Nashville, Tennessee

Greensboro, North Carolina

Regional Sites and Tickets

East Regional in Boston, Massachusetts

West Regional in Phoenix, Arizona

Midwest Regional in St. Louis, Missouri

final-four-2012-new-orleans-logo-tickets-dates-schedule-ncaa-tournamentSouth Regional in Atlanta, Georgia

Final Four Site and Tickets

New Orleans, Louisiana

And to close things out, here is a fun trip down memory lane with some of the most exciting moments from last year’s tournament.


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