The 2016 NCAA men's basketball Midwest Regional will be held at the United Center, the NCAA announced on Monday.
The Big Ten Conference, the official host of the event, was awarded its first NCAA men's basketball regional after managing earlier rounds on four previous occasions -- 1998, 2002, 2007 and 2011.
"The Big Ten is excited to once again host some of the nation's best college basketball teams for the 2016 regional of the NCAA Tournament," said Brad Traviolia, Big Ten Deputy Commissioner, CFO/COO. "We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Chicago Sports Commission and the United Center and look forward to bringing this great event to the city of Chicago for the fifth time."
The NCAA already committed to hosting two other events in Chicago in upcoming years -- the 2017 Division I men's hockey "Frozen Four" at the United Center and the 2018 National Collegiate men's gymnastics championship at UIC Pavilion.