Big news out of the Boise State University Athletics Department today—and no, it has nothing to do with football.
Boise State will play host to the first and second rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2018, bringing one of the most popular sports spectaculars back to the Treasure Valley for the first time since 2009.
Boise joins Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas, Texas; Detroit, Mich., Nashville, Tenn.; Pittsburgh, Penn.; San Diego, Calif.; and Wichita, Kan., will also play hosts to first- and second round games.
Boise State's arena played host in 1983, 1989, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2009 but in recent years there was some talk that Taco Bell Arena either wasn't big enough or didn't provide sufficient elements (such as its out-of-date scoreboard) to come up to NCAA standards.
The Boise games are set for Thursday, March 15, and Saturday, March 17, 2018.