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Houston to Host 2026 NCAA Regional at Toyota Center

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POSTED: October 14, 2020 -- 3:09 p.m. CT

The University of Houston Athletics Department will serve as the host school for the 2026 NCAA Men's Basketball Regional inside Toyota Center, the NCAA announced Wednesday afternoon.

Houston joined with the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority in one of more than 3,000 bid submissions from NCAA member schools, conferences, sports commissions and cities to host predetermined rounds for 86 of the NCAA's 90 championships.

Bidding for 86 of 90 NCAA championships began in August 2019. Each sport committee, per division, selected the host sites it believed would provide the ultimate experience for the respective student-athletes, resulting in more than 450 total championship event sites being awarded. More than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships each year.

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"We are appreciative of the NCAA for allowing us to serve as a host site for the Regional round for the 2026 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship," Houston Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman said. "We look forward to collaborating with Harris County Sports Authority once again to host a great event for the City of Houston."

The Cougars were scheduled to host an NCAA Regional inside Toyota Center for the first time in March before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of all winter and spring Championships.

Per NCAA Basketball Committee rules, since the University of Houston will be the host school for the 2026 Men's Regional, the Houston Cougars men's basketball team cannot be assigned to that regional.

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