Providence to host NCAA tournament games in 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The city of Providence will once again feel the madness as it’s been chosen to host games of the 2016 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The NCAA announced their tournament schedule Monday, which included the Dunkin’ Donuts Center as one of eight sites to host first- and second-round games on March 17 and 19.

The announcement comes following Providence College’s tournament run last year, in which the Friars fell in heartbreaking fashion to the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in the opening round.

Providence last hosted NCAA tournament games in 2010, which brought in approximately $3.5 million in revenue for the capital city.

The matchups won’t be known for quite some time, but expect fans of the schools to fill up downtown hotels and support city businesses that weekend. March is a notoriously slow month for tourism in Providence, but that trend will fortunately change in 2016.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau will now set up a host committee to finalize all of the plans.

Click here to see the full schedule for the preliminary rounds through 2018.

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