Arizona earns hosting duties for 2024 Final Four

Sherman Parsons
July 19, 2018

Houston will host the games in 2023, San Antonio is set to host in 2025 and Indianapolis will follow in 2026.

Other finalists in the running were Detroit, Los Angeles, and North Texas.

San Antonio played host to the Final Four this past season, which had an economic impact on the city of $185 million and came with a lot of national media attention as a great place to visit, Nirenberg said.

Had Detroit landed one of the seven bids, Ford Field would have likely hosted the Final Four again. Phoenix will get the Final Four for the second time in 2024 after hosting in 2017.

"NRG Stadium has clearly become the top venue in the nation for exciting sports championships over the past couple of years", said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, also in a statement.

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Detroit missed out on landing another Final Four but will still be host to multiple NCAA championships in the near future, such as the 2020 Frozen Four (LLCA), fencing championships (Cobo Center), the 2020 women's bowling championships (Thunderbowl Lanes), the 2021 women's golf championships (TPC Michigan), the 2022 men's wrestling championships (LCA) and the 2022 Division II men's golf championships (TPC Michigan). "We addressed the community and how supportive it was". "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". She doesn't see the awarding of the '24 Final Four as validation that they made it. It will seat 70,000 with expandable seating to 100,000 for mega events. "It's either apprehension (over the unknown) or they're building a new stadium".

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.

Dan Gavitt is the NCAA senior vice president of men's basketball. "We want to make that ease of getting out to the stadium as best as they can".

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

Locations for the 2024 preliminary rounds have not been announced yet.

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