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Holy Cross, DCU Center Making Bid to Bring March Madness Back to Worcester

By Patrick Sargent | February 3, 2020
Last Updated: February 2, 2021

WORCESTER – The College of the Holy Cross and the DCU Center are making a bid to bring the NCAA Men’s College Basketball tournament back to Worcester, according to multiple sources.

Holy Cross and the DCU Center are bidding on bringing the opening rounds of “March Madness” to Worcester in 2023 and 2025.

It’s been 15 years since the tournament has been held in Worcester and hasn’t returned to the City due to the lack of full-service hotels. 

But by 2023, thanks to Polar Park and other development in the city and the surrounding communities, that could change.

Sources told that some of the hotels that have gone up in the city since the tournament was here last in 2005 aren’t large enough and aren’t full service, meaning they don’t include meeting rooms, provide breakfast or even have a willingness to host teams. 

However, depending on the number of services offered at the hotels being built along with Polar Park and the second hotel being constructed at Washington Square, Worcester might have a shot. 

The city and the surrounding areas likely have enough hotel rooms now to handle fans following their teams to cheer them on in the tournament.

Holy Cross and the DCU Center currently partner to host the NCAA men’s hockey Northeast Regionals. Those games are being played at the end of next month. 


Worcester also hosted the 1992 opening rounds of the men’s basketball tournament at the then Worcester Centrum. 


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