March Madness Schedule and Venues in 2022
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The 2022 NCAA March Madness Tournament is going to take place from 15th March to 4th April. Various cities will host the entire tournament. Surprise Sports has you covered on how to watch the tournament online, including complete March Madness schedule, TV channels, live streaming options, venues, and more.

What is the March Madness?

If you happen to be unfamiliar, March Madness refers to the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament that begins every year in March. The very first tournament was held in 1939 and had just eight teams. This year’s March Madness college basketball playoff is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 15 in Dayton, Ohio, and end on Monday, April 4 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Through the years, the tournament has evolved into one that now contains 68 teams all playing for the national championship. Each season, March Madness attracts over 100 million viewers. Nearly 75 million people fill out a tournament bracket attempting to pick the ultimate national champion and win some money while doing so.

March Madness Complete Schedule 2022:

ROUND DATE CITY/SITE VENUE
Selection Sunday March 13 N/A N/A
First Four March 15 and 16 Dayton, Ohio UD Arena
First/Second March 17 and 19 Buffalo, New York KeyBank Center
First/Second March 17 and 19 Indianapolis, Indiana Gainbridge Fieldhouse
First/Second March 17 and 19 Fort Worth, Texas Dickies Arena
First/Second March 17 and 19 Portland, Oregon Moda Center
First/Second March 18 and 20 Greenville, South Carolina Bon Secours Wellness Arena
First/Second March 18 and 20 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Fiserv Forum
First/Second March 18 and 20 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena
First/Second March 18 and 20 San Diego, California Viejas Arena
Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 24 and 26 San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center
Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 24 and 26 San Francisco, California Chase Center
Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 25 and 27 Chicago, Illinois United Center
Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 25 and 27 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center
Final Four April 2 and 4 New Orleans Caesars Superdome
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First Four Date, Start Time, and TV Channel:

  • Date: March 15-16
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. start
  • TV channel: TruTV

The 2022 First Four games will take place over the course of two days: on Tuesday, March 15, and Wednesday, March 16. They return to their two-day format after the 2021 tournament, which saw the entirety of the round played out over the course of a day.

Eight teams — the four lowest-seeded automatic and at-large bids, respectively — will play. A win in the First Four grants teams accesses to the tournament proper, making them part of the final 64-team field.

Final Four Date, Start Time, and TV Channel:

  • Dates: April 2, 4
  • Time: 6 p.m. start
  • TV channel: TBS

The Tournament ends with the Final Four and National Championship on April 2 and 4, respectively. All games will take place in Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. The 2022 March Madness returns to its regular operating procedure in that the regional finals will be hosted in four separate venues across the country, as opposed to the same venue (which in 2021 happened to be Lucas Oil Stadium, host of the Final Four).

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March Madness Venues in 2022:

The 2022 NCAA March Madness will once again be held across several host sites and cities as opposed to being held entirely in the state of Indiana as it was in 2021. It marks the greatest return to normalcy in the tournament since the first outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020.

Below is a complete list of the venues where the tournament will take place:

Round Location Site
First Four Dayton, Ohio UD Arena
Rounds 1-2 Buffalo, N.Y. KeyBank Center
Indianapolis Gainbridge Fieldhouse
Fort Worth, Texas Dickies Arena
Portland, Ore. Moda Center
Greenville, S.C. Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Milwaukee Fiserv Forum
Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena
San Diego Viejas Arena
Sweet 16/Elite Eight San Antonio AT&T Center
San Francisco Chase Center
Chicago United Center
Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
Final Four New Orleans Caesars Superdome
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How to Watch March Madness in 2022?

TV Channels:

CBS and Turner Sports stations (TBS, TNT, and truTV) will continue to split broadcast duties in the 2022 NCAA March Madness Tournament, a deal that will run through 2032. CBS will broadcast 18 of the 63 games (67 if you count the First Four).

TBS will broadcast the Final Four and National Championship game this year for the first time since 2018; the 2020 tournament was canceled because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and when the tournament resumed under COVID protocols in 2021, CBS resumed control as an exclusive broadcaster (despite that TBS missed out the previous year).

March Madness 2022 TV Schedule

Round TV channel
First Four TruTV
Round 1 CBS, TBS, TNT or truTV
Round 2 CBS, TBS, TNT or truTV
Sweet 16 CBS, TBS
Elite Eight CBS, TBS
Final Four TBS
National championship TBS

Live Streaming Options:

Every game in the 2022 March Madness Tournament can be streamed via NCAA March Madness Live; other streaming options include CBS’ streaming service, Paramount+, and Sling TV.

Sling TV offers the best value to live stream all March Madness games broadcast on TBS, TNT, and TruTV (49 of 67 total games). New subscribers who sign up for a three-day free trial to Sling TV’s blue bundle would pay $35 per month thereafter.

To watch the additional 18 games broadcast on CBS, you can add a Paramount+ premium subscription for $9.99. Combined with Sling TV, that is the cheapest way to watch every NCAA Tournament game compared to YouTube TV, fuboTV, Hulu, and DirecTV.

Schedule Source: Sporting News

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