Fans who couldn't get tickets to the NCAA tournament games at the Baltimore Arena in 1995 might want to start planning now for 1998, when first- and second-round games of the East Regional will be played at the USAir Arena in Landover, March 13 and 15. Tickets should be available in the spring of 1997, and the host school is George Mason.
The other first- and second-round sites will be Hartford (Conn.) Civic Center; The Omni in Atlanta; Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.; Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City; United Center in Chicago; Arco Arena in Sacramento; and Boise State (Idaho) University Pavilion.
The regional semifinal and final sites: Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum; Thunderdome in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Kiel Center in St. Louis; and Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif. The 1998 Final Four will be played March 28 and 30 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.