The 2023 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament is moving to a two-host format for regional rounds, the NCAA announced this week. The men’s regionals will remain at four venues.
Half of the teams in the Sweet Sixteen round will compete at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, while the other eight will be at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. The regional semi-final matches are scheduled for March 24 and 25, and the regional championships will take place on March 26 and 27.
The 68 teams participating in the 2023 tournament will be announced during the selection on Sunday March 12, the same day as the men’s announcement.
The madness will begin on March 15 and 16 with the first four games of the opening round, which will be played at the campuses of the teams ranked in the top 16. Venues bidding for the Round of 16 and Round of 16 must accept d also host a top four match.
Ball State athletic director Beth Goetz is entering her fourth year on the NCAA Division I women’s basketball committee and will serve as president for the 2022-23 school year. Oregon assistant athletic director Lisa Peterson has been named vice president and will take over as president in 2023-24.
“This is such an important time for our sport and our championship,” Goetz said in a statement released by the NCAA this week.
“The committee is committed to continuing to work alongside the community and women’s basketball staff to ensure that we continue to serve as stewards for the NCAA Tournament, one of the greatest sporting events in the world.”
The 2023 Women’s Final Four will take place in Dallas at the American Airlines Center. It will be a busy weekend as the venue hosts Division I, II and III Women’s National Basketball Championship games over a two-day period.