America's Most Passionate College Basketball Fans

  • Sold Out Crowds

    First Ever Sellout

    10 straight tournament games in front of sold-out crowds (2013)

  • First Ever Sellout

    Capacity Crowds

    Year after year, Dayton produces a packed arena for the NCAA Tournament

  • Ratings Shoot Up

    Ratings Record

    NCAA First Four ratings and viewership records up over 30% (2014 vs. 2013)

  • Great Publicity

    Global Publicity

    Visits from U.S. President, British Prime Minister and Ohio Governor (2012)

America's #1 Host Site: UD Arena

  • Consecutive years tipping off March Madness®
  • NCAA® tournament
  • NCAA® Tournaments Hosted
  • Top 35 National Attendance Each Year Since Opening in 1969

Dayton Hoopla Community Events

Hoopla Four Miler

Be Part of the Excitement in March as Dayton, Ohio tips-off the Madness!

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Hoopla STEM Challenge

Ready to shoot some hoops or learn something new? Bring your family to participate in an exciting and FREE basketball and education event for boys and girls, grades K-8.

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NCAA First Four March 17 & 18, 2015

For the 15th consecutive year, the road to the Final Four starts in Dayton, Ohio with the 2015 NCAA First Four. Purchase your tickets today and experience the Madness live from UD Arena on
March 17 & 18.


  • “My wife and I were ecstatic to have the chance to attend last year’s First

    Four for free. We are avid college basketball followers and look forward to the chance to attend next March!”


    Airman First Class Lowe, USAF
  • “Dayton is home to America’s #1 host site and America’s most passionate college basketball fans. The region’s commitment to the NCAA Tournament has no equal. This fact seems to further demonstrate Dayton is America’s choice and we are delighted by the committee’s decision.”

    JP Nauseef, Chairman, Local Organizing Committee
  • “The NCAA Tournament is big fun for fans and a big economic boost for Ohio. As the home of the tip-off for the tournament for the last 15 years, Dayton has proven it has the people, experience and enthusiasm to put on a world-class effort, and I look forward to seeing it continue to play a big role in future tournaments.”

    John R. Kasich, Ohio Governor
  • “They’ve got this incredible track record that goes back to the opening round… and the local organizing committee there has just gotten stronger and more committed each and every year. The feedback that we hear from the teams that are participating in First Four is overwhelmingly positive, about the experience that they’re getting, both playing in UD arena in front of a sold out and loud and engaged crowd as well as the hospitality that they experience from the entire Dayton community.”

    Dan Gavitt, NCAA Vice President for Men’s Basketball
  • “Over the past several years, I have witnessed, first-hand the tremendous impact the Hoopla Ticket Program has on Wright-Patt; there is no better community-led program designed to showcase the young men and women from the United States Air Force. The Dayton region continues to demonstrate national leadership and strengthen their reputation as the model for community-base relationships.”

    General Lester L. Lyles, Retired, USAF
  • “Thank you to the Hoopla sponsors and the entire Dayton region for all the things you do for Wright-Pat. The community’s support allows the young men and women of the United States Air Force to be part of the NCAA Tournament, experience March Madness, and do so right where the tournament tips-off each year, at UD Arena.”

    General T. Michael Moseley, Retired, 18th Chief of Staff, US Air Force