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Houston scores coveted host spot for NCAA Final Four tournament

19 July, 2018, 05:38 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • The front of Lucas Oil stadium in Indianapolis

Despite not landing basketball, Detroit will still be host to multiple NCAA championships in the near future: The 2020 Frozen Four (LLCA), fencing championships (Cobo Center), the 2020 women's bowling championships (Thunderbowl Lanes), the 2021 women's golf championsips (TPC Michigan), the 2022 men's wrestling championships (LCA) and the 2022 Division II men's golf championships (TPC Michigan).

San Antonio was also pursuing Final Four tournaments in 2023 and 2026, but the NCAA awarded those games to Houston and Indianapolis, respectively.

Indianapolis, which will host its eighth Final Four in 2021, was selected to stage a ninth in 2026. San Antonio will host the Final Four for a fifth time in 2025, joining Kansas City, Indianapolis, New York, Louisville, New Orleans and Seattle as the only cities to do so. In 2009, the minimum capacity was bumped up to 70,000, which severely limits where the Final Four can be held, which is why you see the same cities over and over, and maximizes the NCAA's earning potential off of the world class event.

The Final Four bid was a collaborative effort between the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, local municipalities, tourism bureaus, ASU, the Arizona Cardinals and the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee (PLOC). Most, too, experienced the 2017 Final Four first-hand, and Johnson wanted to capitalize on the fresh memories. San Antonio has hosted four Men's Final Four's, most recently this past spring. "From last year's overtime game in Super Bowl LI to Villanova's buzzer beater to win the NCAA men's basketball championship two years ago, NRG is home to sports excitement".

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The group was comprised of officials with San Antonio Sports, the City of San Antonio, UTSA and for the first time, the University of the Incarnate Word.

Indianapolis is planet Earth's best event hosting city, and it's not even close.

"We thought they could have gone either way", for a Final Four site in the west, Johnson said.

Dan Gavitt is the NCAA senior vice president of men's basketball.

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