Wednesday, 22 August, 2018

Phoenix awarded NCAA Final Four in 2024

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg fields questions after the NCAA's announcement that the city will play host to the 2025 Men's Final Four Arizona earns hosting duties for 2024 Final Four
Jennie Wade | 19 July, 2018, 15:42

NRG Park, which hosted the 2011 and 2016 Final Fours, was chosen as the site for upcoming collegiate basketball tournament.

The Alamodome, which has hosted the previous four events in San Antonio, will once again be the site of the 2025 event, but changes are expected to be made to the venue before then.

"Indianapolis has a long history of setting the standard for NCAA Championships in this city and we look to continue to build on that history when we host the 2026 NCAA Men's Final Four", said Dr. Rod Perry, Director of Athletics at IUPUI.

Glendale and Phoenix have only hosted the Final Four once before.in 2017.

"San Antonio is a great site for this event and the NCAA Tournament overall, and we are honored to be one of the two NCAA Division I host institutions for the best sporting event in the nation", said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy. "All those cities have hosted the event with overwhelming success in recent years, and yet all of them approached the bid process with an unassuming energy".

Carnes was surprised that the NCAA awarded the 2025 Final Four to the Alamo City. They get together on a regular basis to discuss the specifics of each mega-event bid, sharing resources and knowledge in a collective way that countless other cities fail to do. "From their (NCAA) standpoint, there was no hesitation to say we're OK doing 2024 because they did it before (after the Super Bowl)".

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Stung by the NCAA's rejection, city leaders rolled up their sleeves and devised a strategy to return the Final Four to San Antonio.

The concerns, however, are water under the bridge issues for Johnson, who knows that getting back into the rotation is a big step for future Final Fours.

Plans already are underway by the city for additional improvements to the Alamodome before the next Final Four, Carnes said. The result was arguably one of the best Final Fours in the event's history.

The other known Final Four cities at this point include Minnesota for 2019, Atlanta for 2020, and New Orleans for 2022.

"I think the next three to five years are not in the cards, but probably after that at some time", Tellem said. Lucas Oil Stadium has hosted in 2010 and 2015.

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