CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The City of Charlotte and the Charlotte 49ers have been announced as hosts for the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships.

On Monday, the NCAA announced the 25 preliminary round sites. The 49ers will serve as hosts for the second and third rounds of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Tournament, March 20 through 22, 2015.

For the first time in 53 years, Madison Square Garden will be the East Regional site for the 2014 Championship. Carrier Dome in Syracuse will be the East Regional site in 2015.

The bid process was as competitive as ever, with 53 cities expressing the desire to be a part of one of the world s premier sporting events, NCAA vice president of men s basketball Dan Gavitt said. We are thrilled for our hosts for the 14 and 15 tournaments, as they include a mix of cities that have proven over the course of several decades how to stage this great event, as well as cities that have come on to the scene in recent years and have embraced the tournament.

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