TEMPE — The Phoenix/Glendale region and University of Phoenix Stadium is one of eight finalists to host the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four for the four-year period from 2017 to 2020.
The other finalists are Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, North Texas, San Antonio and St. Louis.
The final bidding process will take place over the coming year. Competing bids are due in May, with visits to the prospective sites in August, September and October. Each city will make in-person presentations in early November at the NCAA’s fall meetings in Indianapolis and winning bids announced later that month.
Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium served as host site for a men’s basketball regional in 2009, and US Airways Center in Phoenix hosted regionals in 2012, 2008, 2004 and 1999, with Arizona State University serving as the host school.
For the Men’s Final Four, venues must hold a minimum of 60,000 fans, and host cities or regions must be able to provide at least 10,000 full-service hotel rooms within reasonable proximity to the competition venue.
The 2014 Men’s Final Four will be played in North Texas, while Indianapolis will host in 2015. Houston will host the event in 2016.