On Monday, the NCAA announced that St. Louis would be one of the finalists for the Men’s Final Four in 2017 thru 2020. Here is an excerpt from the press release:
Thirteen cities and regions have been named finalists to host future Men’s and Women’s Final Fours, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Committees announced today. The process to identify the Final Four locations for 2017-2020 will conclude in November 2014 for both championships.
The eight finalists for the Men’s Final Four are Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, North Texas, Phoenix/Glendale, San Antonio and St. Louis. Those cities/regions have combined to host 24 previous Men’s Final Fours, and are scheduled to host the next two as well. Indianapolis hosted in 1980, 1991, 1997, 2000, 2006 and 2010, while New Orleans was the host city in 1982, 1987, 1993, 2003 and 2012, and Atlanta was the site in 1977, 2002, 2007 and 2013. San Antonio (1998, 2004 and 2008) and St. Louis (1973, 1978 and 2005) have each hosted three times, while Minneapolis was the host city in 1992 and 2001. The North Texas region has hosted the Men’s Final Four once, with Dallas serving as the 1986 site.
The seven finalist cities under consideration to host a Women’s Final Four during the 2017-20 bid cycle are Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. Of that list, only New Orleans (1991, 2004 and 2013) and Tampa Bay (2008) have hosted previously. Nashville will serve as host of the 2014 Women’s Final Four, while Tampa Bay will host again in 2015. Indianapolis will host the event in 2016.
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