For sports fans, spring is a favorite season. Between golf championships, the Kentucky Derby, and more, there are plenty of opportunities for betting, spectating, and losing yourself in the thrill of the game. If you’re a basketball fan or just enjoy a month of friendly competition with friends, family, and coworkers, the NCAA basketball tournament is likely a sports highlight you look forward to each year. And, best of all, Magellan Jets makes it easy to fly private to all the games played around the country during March Madness travel season.
FLYING PRIVATE TO MARCH MADNESS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
March Madness is appropriately named “madness” because it’s a jam-packed end to basketball season. During March Madness, 67 games are held over the course of 21 days in a 68-team single-elimination tournament.
Each year, March Madness kicks off with Selection Sunday. This is when the NCAA tournament selection committee announces the 68 teams that will be facing off. Of course, only one team wins the glory of the National Championship. This year, the 2023 tournament field was revealed on Sunday, March 12. Meanwhile, the National Championship takes place on Monday, April 3.
march madness schedule
Preparing your selections? Print your bracket and mark your calendar: there are a lot of dates to keep up with. According to the NCAA, the March Madness schedule for the 2023 tournament is below:
Selection Sunday — Sunday, March 12
First Four — Tuesday and Wednesday, March 14-15
NCAA Tournament Round 1 — Thursday and Friday, March 16-17
NCAA Tournament Round 2 — Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19
Sweet 16 — Thursday and Friday, March 23-24
Elite 8 — Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26
Final Four — Saturday, April 1
2023 NCAA Championship — Monday, April 3
While March Madness games play all over the nation, the Final Four and National Championship all take place at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. These are among the most exciting games of the tournament—and flying private to Houston for March Madness is popular among Magellan Jets customers.
Still, there are many other opportunities to score a front-row seat to the March Madness action, whether you’re following your favorite team to the top or just in it for the camaraderie.
The First Four is in Dayton, Ohio, at the University of Dayton Arena. First and second rounds from March 16-19 will be held in Birmingham, Alabama; Des Moines, Iowa; Orlando, Florida; Sacramento, California; Albany, New York; Columbus, Ohio; Denver, Colorado; and Greensboro, North Carolina.
On March 23 and 24, the Sweet 16 will be played in Las Vegas, Nevada; New York City; Kansas City, Missouri; and Louisville, Kentucky. The Elite Eight will play in those same four cities on March 25 and 26.
FLYING PRIVATE TO MARCH MADNESS
Whether you opt to attend the Final Four in Houston or any games leading up to it, Magellan Jets has your March Madness travel plans covered. As private flights to events like the NCAA tournament are usually in high demand, we advise not waiting until the last minute to book your trip! Call 877-550-5387 and speak to one of our Private Aviation Consultants about your private travel to the NCAA tournament today, or get an instant charter quote below!