Published Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:28 am / Updated at 7:21 am
NCAA basketball tournament returning to Omaha in 2015

The NCAA basketball tournament will make a return trip to Omaha in 2015.

The NCAA announced Monday the preliminary-round sites for the 2015 men’s basketball tournament.

The CenturyLink Center will host second- and third-round games on Friday, March 20 and Sunday, March 22, 2015. Four games will be played Friday with the winners taking the court in two games on Sunday.

Omaha has previously hosted NCAA men’s tournament games three times: 1977 at the Civic Auditorium and in 2008 and 2012 at the CenturyLink Center.

Dan Gavitt, the NCAA vice president of men’s basketball, said 53 cities expressed a desire to be a host.

Kevin Sarver, Creighton’s associate athletic director for external operations, said CU was thrilled to have a successful bid.

Ticket sales and CU’s experience in holding the event played a part, he said.

"We’re looking forward to it,’’ he said.

The first session in 2012 drew 16,829. The Friday night second session drew 17,051 and the Sunday session drew 16,998.

Other second- and third-round sites in 2015: Jacksonville, Fla.; Louisville, Ky.; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Columbus, Ohio.

The 2015 Final Four will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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