Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
(Photo by Jeff Huehn)
San Antonio bids for 2012-2016 Final Fours
(June 20, 2008)--Six cities that have hosted the NCAA Men's Final Four this decade, and two more that are scheduled to host in the next three years, are among the 10 prospective hosts that submitted bids for the 2012-2016 Men's Final Fours on June 19. Finalists will be determined in August, and five cities will be awarded the event in November.
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Seven cities with past Women's Final Four hosting experience are among the 12 that have submitted bids to the NCAA to serve as hosts for the 2012-2016 Women's Final Fours. Finalists will be determined in August and five cities will be awarded the event in November.
Recent Men's Final Four host cities Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, St. Louis and San Antonio are joined by 2009 host Detroit and 2011 host Houston, as well as Dallas and Phoenix, as cities attempting to put together a winning bid.
"We couldn't be more pleased with the efforts that the people representing these great cities and host institutions and conferences have put forth to this point," said Tom O'Connor, assistant vice president and director of athletics at George Mason University, and chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee. "The work involved with putting together a bid is extensive, and clearly all parties involved are putting their best foot forward. Cumulatively over the span of these bid years, an estimated five million people will attend the tournaments in person and nearly one billion viewers will watch the championships on television. The NCAA Men's Final Four continues to be one America's greatest sporting events."
After submitting a declaration of intent to bid last November, representatives of each city attended a bid introduction meeting in January, before meeting with the NCAA for individual planning and progress updates at the Men's Final Four in April and again in June. Over the next several weeks, NCAA staff will compile and analyze information for members of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee.
"The one-on-one meetings with each city were extremely beneficial, for both the prospective hosts and for the committee," said O'Connor. "As a committee, and working with the NCAA staff, we were able to check their progress and stay involved with the process. We stay in constant communication with everyone as they all have questions that are unique to their city, and now we feel as though we are in a great position to start analyzing the bids."
Cities that submitted bids for the 2012-16 Men's Final Fours include:
- Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Dome; Georgia Tech)
- North Texas (Dallas Cowboys New Stadium; Big 12 Conference)
- Detroit, Mich. (Ford Field; Mid-American Conference)
- Houston, Texas (Reliant Stadium; Houston, Rice)
- Indianapolis, Ind. (Lucas Oil Stadium; Butler, Horizon League, IUPUI)
- Minneapolis, Minn. (HHH Metrodome; Minnesota)
- New Orleans, La. (Louisiana Superdome; Tulane)
- Phoenix, Ariz. (University of Phoenix Stadium; Arizona State)
- San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome; UTSA)
- St. Louis, Mo. (Edward Jones Dome; St. Louis)
The NCAA received bids from past host cities, including Cleveland (2007), Indianapolis (2005), Kansas City (1998), New Orleans (1991, 2004), Philadelphia (2000), San Antonio (2002) and Tampa (2008). Cities submitting bid information to host the Women's Final Four for the first time include Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston and Nashville.
"We are very pleased with the number and quality of bids that we received," said Judy Southard, senior associate director of athletics at Louisiana State University and chair of the Division I Women's Basketball Committee. "As we continue to grow our game it's exciting to see that seven cities that have hosted in the past have a strong interest in bringing this extraordinary event back to their city, and we are equally pleased for the future of our event to have five new cities which have submitted bids to become part of this impressive family of host cities."
After submitting a declaration of intent to bid last November, representatives of each city attended a bid orientation session in January, before meeting with the NCAA staff for individual planning and progress updates at the Women's Final Four in April. Over the next several weeks, NCAA staff will compile information such as hotel community information, local organizing committee agreements and competition venue agreements for review by members of the Division I Women's Basketball Committee.
After finalists are determined in August, site visits to each finalist city will be conducted in September and October. Finalist cities will make an in-person presentation to the Division I Women's Basketball Committee in November and the 2012-2016 Women's Final Four cities will be awarded, pending approval by the Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet.
Cities that submitted bids for the 2012-2016 Women's Final Fours include:
- Cleveland, Ohio (Quicken Loans Arena)
- Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
- Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
- Denver, Colo. (Pepsi Center)
- Houston, Texas (Toyota Center)
- Indianapolis, Ind. (Lucas Oil Stadium)
- Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center)
- Nashville, Tenn. (Sommet Center)
- New Orleans, La. (New Orleans Arena)
- Philadelphia, Pa. (Wachovia Center)
- San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome)
- Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)