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Dayton Maintains NCAA First Four Games Through 2015

By Brandon Gee -- November 12, 2012 12:53 PM EST

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According to a report this morning from WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio, the University of Dayton has been awarded a contract extension by the NCAA to keep the "First Four" games through the 2015 edition of the NCAA tournament. The school has been making a push to keep the 8-team/4 game series for the last four seeds in the standard 64-team NCAA college basketball tourney long-term, with hopes to secure the games for the next 10 years, so this will most likely be seen as a vote of confidence in the city and university as the parties continue to negotiate.

The games have been held at Dayton's 13,455-capacity UD Arena since its inception in 2011, and in addition, UD will host second and third round games of this season's tourney. Clearly, the great college basketball fans in Dayton have been rewarded as the First Four games have drawn well even without either of the local schools present, and every year the city has embraced the games with a free street festival in the nearby Oregon District.

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