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Chesapeake Energy Arena to host NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2026

March Madness is returning to Oklahoma City. But we'll have to wait six years.

The NCAA announced future men's basketball tournament sites on Wednesday with Chesapeake Energy Arena set to host first- and second-round games in 2026.

Oklahoma City last hosted the men's basketball tournament in 2016.

Winning a bid for this 2022-26 NCAA cycle was a long-stated goal of the OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau. Hosting the first weekend of the NCAA tournament will have an economic impact of $8.2 million for the metro area, according to the agency. 

“Bringing these NCAA events to Oklahoma City is a huge win for our community,” Sue Hollenbeck, Director of Sports Business at the OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, said in a release. “The economic impact and national media coverage are significant for showing off OKC, as well as providing a unique fan experience that features all there is to do in OKC.”

The NCAA also announced that Oklahoma State was selected to host the 2022 men's and women's cross country championship, the 2023 wrestling championship, the 2024 men's and tennis championships, and the 2025 men's golf regionals.

OSU will partner with the Tulsa Sports Commission to host the wrestling championships at BOK Center in 2023, the school announced. It will be the first time that BOK Center has hosted the NCAA wrestling championship.

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