March is generally a great time for sports fans: NCAA March Madness fulfills the excitement of its name, the NBA and NHL playoffs are on the horizon, opening day for baseball is only weeks away, heck, even English Premier League soccer is reaching the peak of its most exciting moments of the season. For the younger sports fans, this is a great month to be in the Circle City, as they'll have the chance to experience some of this excitement in person! The wide range of sports action this month alone is incredible: from dirt bike racing to NCAA men's basketball regionals, there are sure to be great options for sports fans of any age.
March Madness returns to town this year with the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Midwest Regional Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium March 29 and 31. This weekend will decide two rounds of the tournament, better known by their nicknames of the "Sweet 16" and "Elite 8". This is the 18th time that Indianapolis has hosted an NCAA Division I basketball tournament event; the Final Four will return in 2016. For more information, visit www.indianasportscorp.com.
High-speed, high-flying dirt bike racing returns to Lucas Oil Stadium March 16 with the Monster Energy AMA Supercross. Many of the best racers in the world will be in town competing – and you have to be there to feel the excitement! Sit in the family section for non-alcoholic family fun. Tickets start at just $15, and doors open early to watch practice and qualifications. Find more info at www.supercrossonline.com
Have a young swimmer in the family? This year, the best college swimmers and divers in the country will be at the IU Natatorium. The NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championship takes place March 21 – 23 while the men's championship comes a week later, March 28 – 30.
The powerful basketball tradition in Indiana is strongly rooted in the high school game (as we all well know from Hoosiers). IHSAA Boys State Basketball Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse March 23 bring this excitement Downtown from across the state as the championship matchups of all four divisions take place starting with the 1A teams at 10:30 a.m. Don't miss the girls' finals March 2 at Bankers Life, also tipping off at 10:30 a.m. Tickets to either day start at just $15. Visit www.ihsaa.org for more.
The Nike Mideast Qualifier brings a slate of girls' volleyball tournaments to Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center March 22 – 24. Competitors range in age from 12 to 18 and even some younger groups. For more information on competitors and times visit www.capitolsportscenter.com
The Pacers enter their last full month of the regular season looking towards another deep run in the playoffs. Home Pacers games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are fun for the entire family – especially on March 22 for Lucas Oil Family Night! On family night, your family can get four tickets to the game, four Pacers t-shirts and four Pacers family meals, all for just $60. If you can't make family night this month, the Blue and Gold play six more home games in March, including matchups with the Chicago Bulls on March 3, the Los Angeles Lakers March 15 and Atlanta Hawks March 25.
Lastly, don't forget that baseball is just around the corner! The Indianapolis Indians open their season at home against Colorado April 4. Victory Field offers special promotions every home game, including "Kids Eat Free Sundays" and "Monday Dollar Menu", and kids who join the Knot Hole Club get a lawn or reserved seat to every home game – and get to run the bases after each Sunday home game! Learn more at www.indyindians.com.