According to a news release from San Antonio Sports, San Antonio was chosen over Detroit, Los Angeles, and North Texas to host the Final Four.
"Indianapolis has a long history of setting the standard for NCAA Championships in this city and we look to continue to build on that history when we host the 2026 NCAA Men's Final Four", said Dr. Rod Perry, Director of Athletics at IUPUI. The 2015 Super Bowl was played in Glendale but the area had 26 months to prepare for the Final Four.
"The state of Indiana is a place with deep roots in the basketball community, making it our privilege and honor to host the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four for the ninth time", said Ryan Vaughn, president of the Indiana Sports Corp. Only Kansas City, which was the site of 10 Final Fours from 1940-88, has been the site of more.
San Antonio got high marks from many among the more than 70,000 tourists who were in town for the Final Four this spring. "It is the strategic investments that we have made together as a community that allows us to continue to see our profile lifted on an global stage".
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"Returning the Final Four to Houston in 2023 will be a slam dunk". And you know what?
Phoenix Local Organizing Committee had no idea if they would win bid. The facelift included the construction of a media center and 14 temporary luxury suites, the widening of concourses in the building and new video boards. "I think we've really kinda proven that we can do it and we're here to stay", said Johnson. The result was arguably one of the best Final Fours in the event's history.
The timing of the NCAA's decision worked in San Antonio's favor. She doesn't see the awarding of the '24 Final Four as validation that they made it.
"We felt 2018 was the greatest site visit we could give the NCAA and there's risk that things go wrong, but it went extremely well", said Russ Bookbinder, president/CEO of San Antonio Sports. We took the lessons learned learned and applied it to our bid and put together the best bid we possibly good. "Luckily we have over seven years to plan for it".