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Seattle NCAA Basketball Championship Fact Sheet
Release: 03/14/2004
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March 14, 2004

Seattle NCAA Basketball Championship Fact Sheet

Site: KeyArena (yes, it is one word). More information is available at

Capacity: 15,660 for the NCAA Championships

Tickets: The games at KeyArena have been sold out since early February.

Format: The first and second rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball Champion at KeyArena includes two sessions on Wednesday and one on Saturday. Each session will feature two games. The building will be cleared between sessions on Thursday. Exact game times will be announced by the NCAA on Monday, March 15 and will be posted on

Bag Check: KeyArena staff will conduct bag checks at all entrances to the facility. Fans are urged to arrive early to avoid missing the start of any games.

Doors Open: The public can gain admission to the games 90 minutes before the first game on Thursday, March 18 and two hours before the first game on Saturday, March 20. Check for game times. For the open practice sessions on Wednesday, March 17, doors will open at 11 a.m. The team practices on Friday, March 19 are closed to the public.

Non-Permissible Items: Backpacks and large bags are prohibited. All bottles, cans and other containers, except in cases of medical need as certified by a physician, are prohibited. No outside food and/or beverage may be brought into the arena. Weapons, including all knives regardless of size, firearms, fireworks or explosives, laser pointers and any item that may be thrown as a dangerous projectile are prohibited. Artificial noisemakers are prohibited. Promotional items with commercial slogans or identification are not allowed. Large signs, flags or banners are not permitted. Items that can be held by one individual, reflect good sportsmanship and do not block the view of other ticket patrons may be permitted. No sign can be affixed to the building. Professional cameras, video cameras and audio recorders are also prohibited.

Note: Cameras and video cameras are allowed for Wednesday's open practice sessions.

Open Practice Session: All eight teams will hold open practices that are fee to the public on Wednesday, March 17. The practices start at Noon and conclude at 9 p.m. A complete list of practice times will be available at

Parking at KeyArena: There are several lots adjacent to the Seattle Center complex. More parking information is available at

Mercer Garage: Third Avenue N. & Roy Street
5th Avenue Parking: Fifth Avenue N. & Republican Street
John St. Lot: Second Avenue N. & John Street
Warren Ave. Lot: Warren Avenue between Denny Way & John Street
Second Ave: Second Avenue N. south of Mercer Street

A reminder - the lower Queen Anne / Uptown area is a Residential Parking Zone Area (RPZ). No public parking allowed without a special RPZ decal.

The Court: Due to the NBA markings on KeyArena's court that is used by the Seattle Supersonics, the court from the new Everett Events Center will be used for the 1st and 2nd round games.

Credentials: Approximately 600 credentials will be issued to staff and working media at the event.

The NCAAs In Seattle: The 2004 1st and 2nd Round games marks the 11th time Seattle has hosted a round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Washington hosted the 1949 and 1952 Final Fours in Hec Edmundson Pavilion and the 1984, 1989 and 1995 Final Fours in The Kingdome. The Huskies hosted the 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1993 NCAA West Regional Championships, all at the Kingdome. In 1999 the 1st and 2nd round games were held at KeyArena.

On-Line Coverage: The NCAA's web site for the men's championship is

The Space Needle: To promote the NCAA Championships in Seattle, the roof of the space needle will include a set of NCAA Basketball logos. In addition to the 1st and 2nd rounds of the men's championship, Washington will host the NCAA Women's West Regional Championship on March 27 and 29.

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