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Jacksonville to host 2015 NCAA Tournament rounds

Jacksonville won a bid to host tournament games for the third time since 2006.

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Jacksonville will host second and third round games in the 2015 men's NCAA basketball tournament. Economic impact is expected to be around $12 million for the city. The NCAA announced preliminary round host sites for both the 2014 and 2015 men's tournaments on Monday. The games in Jacksonville will be played at Veterans Memorial Arena.

"Hosting the NCAA tournament continues the momentum we have experienced in making our city a great destination for sports and entertainment," Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown said in a release. "I want to thank all of our partners for working with us to successfully bid for the tournament."

Jacksonville is one of eight host locations for the second and third rounds in 2015, and is one of three host sites located in the southeast. Jacksonville previously hosted NCAA tournament games in both 2006 and 2010.

Additionally, Orlando will host second and third round games in the 2014 tournament.

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