INDIANAPOLIS — St. Louis is one of the eight finalists in the running to host a future NCAA Men’s Final Four.

On Monday the NCAA Division 1 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Committees announced that St. Louis, along with Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, North Texas, Phoenix/Glendale and San Antonio are being considered for Men’s Final Fours for 2017-2020.

“The committee and staff have been thoroughly impressed with the quality of bids, the level of detail and the incredible enthusiasm that the individuals behind each bid have demonstrated thus far in the process,” said Dan Gavitt, the NCAA vice president for men’s basketball. “The Men’s Final Four has grown into one of the biggest and best sporting events in the world, so it’s easy to understand why these cities would put their best foot forward in attempt to secure a bid.  We fully expect the remainder of the bid process to be competitive, and while it’s obvious that there are difficult decisions ahead, we also know that based on what we have seen so far from these prospective hosts, we are going to have great Final Fours in the coming years.”

Completed bids are due in May. NCAA committees and staffs will spend the summer reviewing each bid and will then visit each finalist city in August, September and October. Representatives from each finalist city will make in-person presentations to the respective committees during their annual fall meetings in November 2014 in Indianapolis, followed by the announcement of the winning bids later that month.
This year’s Men’s Final Four will be played in North Texas. Indianapolis will host in 2015 and Houston in 2016.

St. Louis previously hosted Men’s Final Fours in 1973, 1978 and 2005.



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