March Madness makes its way to the Moda Center

The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament Portland Regional will feature a Fan Fest and exciting matchups between national powerhouses, March 29-April 1.

Fans mill about the outside of Portland's Moda Center, which is illuminated in bright red against the dusky sky.

Hosting The Big Dance puts Portland on the big stage in the world of sports.

Photo via Rose Quarter/Sport Oregon

Have you ever seen Blue Devils on Burnside? What about Longhorns on Lovejoy? Perhaps Huskies on Harvey Milk Street? Yeah, you’re right, that’s not something you see every day — but the chances are certainly higher this weekend, when Portland hosts the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Fans from schools across the country will descend on the Moda Center to root their teams on toward eternal glory. The regional (Friday, March 29-Monday, April 1), will bring a sporting and economic boost to the city, which was originally set to host the event in 2020 until the pandemic canceled all collegiate athletics.

Even if you don’t have a ticket for the games, there will be a Fan Fest held 12-5 p.m., Saturday, March 30, at the Rose Quarter outside the stadium. This free, family-friendly occasion will feature local vendors, basketball hoops, vintage arcade games, a DJ, and more. Dr. Jack’s will also be serving food and beverages and streaming live games.

Let the madness begin.

Sweet 16

Friday, March 29

  • 1-seed Texas vs. 4-seed Gonzaga (4:30 p.m.)
  • 3-seed NC State vs. 2-seed Stanford (7 p.m.)

Saturday, March 30

  • 1-seed Southern California vs. 5-seed Baylor (2:30 p.m.)
  • 3-seed UCONN vs. 7-seed Duke (5 p.m.)

Elite 8

Sunday, March 31

The winners of Friday’s games will face off in this Elite 8 matchup. Game time TBA.

Monday, April 1

The winners of Saturday’s games will face off in this Elite 8 matchup. Game time TBA.

Down the road

Portland will also host games in the first and second rounds of the 2026 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

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