NCAA sets Final Four sites for 2023-26, sticks with familiar cities

Final Four basketball court

The Harris County Houston Sports Authority was ecstatic Monday morning after the city was selected to host the NCAA Men's Final Four tournament in 2023. Dallas, Detroit and Los Angeles also bid for hosting duties. The Indiana Sports Corp. says it will manage the Indiana Host Committee for both the 2021 and 2026 Final Fours along with the Horizon League and IUPUI.

Just a year after hosting its first Final Four, Phoenix has landed the mega-event again.

Other cities chosen as hosts were Phoenix in 2024, San Antonio in 2025 and Indianapolis in 2026.

Confetti covers the Final Four logo after the North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium. "We had engagement and community participation and that's a great thing". The Valley beat out Los Angeles in bidding process. The result was arguably one of the best Final Fours in the event's history. "We are thrilled for the cities of Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis". "It's either apprehension (over the unknown) or they're building a new stadium". Lucas Oil Stadium has hosted in 2010 and 2015. "We look forward to continued collaboration with the NCAA on future men's basketball events, while teaming to host seven upcoming NCAA championship events in Detroit".

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According to a study from the W.P. Carey School of Business, the 2017 Final Four generated an estimated $324.5 million for the Valley economy and brought in nearly 60,000 visitors for the weekend. "Major events create a strong sense of pride for all Arizonans".

"We do not represent our bids as saying, 'This is where this shall occur, or that shall occur.' We present a pallet of the entire destination and allow, and encourage, the NCAA or the NFL or the College Football Playoff, or whomever to choose where they want to be".

In addition to Johnson and Sadler, others on the Phoenix local organizing committee are co-chair Dan Lewis, president/CEO of Native Insight; ASU Vice President for Athletics Ray Anderson; and Steve Moore, president/CEO of Visit Phoenix.

The 2024 Final Four games are set to be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Dawn Rogers filled that role for the 2017 Final Four and now is Baylor deputy athletic director.

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