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Officials: NCAA bid contingent on US Bank Arena being renovated

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The NCAA made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that the March Madness games will be held in the Queen City in 2022, but officials said the bid is contingent on the arena being renovated.

“The renovation plans are ongoing. We knew it would be a marathon and not a sprint. We continue to have positive conversations about a renovation and are cautiously optimistic about the project. We are dedicated to this project and will continue to take the proper steps to see it become a reality,” Sean Lynn, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for US Bank Arena, said. 

Over the years, renovations at the arena have been discussed.

A $650,000 upgrade was launched in 2014. Then in 2015, a massive $200 million overhaul was unveiled.

The plans haven't yet, but they may need to for the games to happen.

"We're very excited to be able to host the men's basketball Division I first and second round in 2022," Cincinnati USA Sports Commission Board Chair Jackie Reau said. 

[Cincinnati to host March Madness games in 2022]

Cincinnati is one of eight cities that will host 1st and 2nd round games.

In addition to the arena, those in on the bid believe Cincinnati's downtown offerings, hotels and restaurants, helped seal the deal.

They will be played at US Bank Arena March 17 and 19, 2022.

The First Four will also be held in Dayton through the year 2022.

Arena officials said they're working on a private-public partnership to help get the renovations done.

The UC men's basketball chose NKU over US Bank Arena for their home next season.

The Republican National Convention also passed up Cincinnati.

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