Houston, Phoenix among future Final Four sites

Houston, Phoenix among future Final Four sites

Houston, Phoenix among future Final Four sites

San Antonio will host the 2025 Men's Final Four tournament at the Alamodome.

Now, it will have to wait until the next four year of bids are announced to have a shot at another Final Four.

Just a year after hosting the 2017 Final Four, Phoenix was awarded the 2024 game over cities including Los Angeles and Dallas.

"They saw we could host events in consecutive years successfully", said Debbie Johnson, co-chair of the Phoenix Final Four local organizing committee and Arizona Office of Tourism executive director.

The NCAA also named Houston as the host of the 2023 tournament, San Antonio for the year following the championship is decided in Phoenix, and Indianapolis in 2026.

The Final Four announcement came on Monday, live on the NCAA's Twitter page, less than two months after the National Football League awarded Super Bowl LVII to Arizona. 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.

Carnes was surprised that the NCAA awarded the 2025 Final Four to the Alamo City. It will be the ninth time the Circle City has hosted the event, which is also scheduled to take place in Indy in 2021.

"I think one of things we said to the NCAA is that, "we know the transportation is an issue".

Stung by the NCAA's rejection, city leaders rolled up their sleeves and devised a strategy to return the Final Four to San Antonio. Duke has won three (1991, 2010, 2015) of the seven national championships crowned in Indianapolis, while Louisville, Arizona, Michigan State and Florida captured the others. "We look forward to bringing the NCAA's marquee championship back to those locations". "We are thrilled for the cities of Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis. That will only improve what already is good".

The other known Final Four cities at this point include Minnesota for 2019, Atlanta for 2020, and New Orleans for 2022. "We want to make that ease of getting out to the stadium as best as they can".

"We had confidence in what we had done (in 2017)", Johnson said.

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