Detroit misses out on hosting future Final Four

Carrie Guzman
July 19, 2018

Indianapolis will host its eighth Men's Final Four in April of 2021.

Detroit was one of seven finalists vying for a slot to host the Final Four series - other finalists included Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Dallas, and San Antonio. San Antonio has hosted four Men's Final Four's, most recently this past spring.

Nirenberg and the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee presented a formal proposal in Boston on Tuesday. "Once again, all that makes San Antonio special will be showcased across the country and around the world", said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

The timing of the NCAA's decision worked in San Antonio's favor.

"Returning the Final Four to Houston in 2023 will be a slam dunk". It's gratifying to have the NCAA recognize our efforts. The city is also scheduled to host them in 2021.

From 1997 to 2013, the NCAA required that all Final Fours take place in venues with a minimum seating capacity of 40,000 people. The Women's Final Four has also been held in Indianapolis three times (2005, 2011 and 2016).

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Oregon's Dylan Ennis, top, reacts as Jordan Bell (1) watches his after the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against North Carolina, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.

Members of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee toured all seven finalist cities during a yearlong selection process.

"Very few destinations have as many cities involved - perhaps Los Angeles might be the only other - but a frequent big event city ... we're probably the most unique in terms of having myriad municipalities and different CVBs", President and CEO of Visit Phoenix Steve Moore said.

"Our communities came together", Johnson said. "I'd like to thank the NCAA for selecting our great city as the location for the 2025 Final Four and I also want to congratulate everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes on the bid and presentation".

Now, it will have to wait until the next four year of bids are announced to have a shot at another Final Four. "We promise another incredible effort from the Sun Devil community and will shine again in 2024".

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