Detroit loses out on Final Four bid

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg fields questions after the NCAA's announcement that the city will play host to the 2025 Men's Final Four

Arizona earns hosting duties for 2024 Final Four

The Alamo City was awarded the 2025 NCAA Men's Final Four on Tuesday months after it hosted a highly successful Final Four in April.

San Antonio played host to the Final Four this past season, which had an economic impact on the city of $185 million and came with a lot of national media attention as a great place to visit, Nirenberg said.

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.

A little less than six years out from tip-off at the 2024 Final Four, the host committee will begin to get going on the post-bid execution right away.

However, several other cities in Texas were named as host sites, including Houston (2023) and San Antonio (2025). "We embraced the Final Four, and we wanted the opportunity again". The arena is set to host the 2020 Frozen Four and NCAA Tournament games in 2021. "From last year's overtime game in Super Bowl LI to Villanova's buzzer beater to win the NCAA men's basketball championship two years ago, NRG is home to sports excitement". SC and OR were also featured in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. In 2009, the minimum capacity was bumped up to 70,000, which severely limits where the Final Four can be held, which is why you see the same cities over and over, and maximizes the NCAA's earning potential off of the world class event. Only Kansas City, which was the site of 10 Final Fours from 1940-88, has been the site of more. The Circle City hosted for a second time in 1991 and became a regular in the rotation from there, serving as the host again in 1997, 2000, 2006, 2010 and 2015.

Officials say the Super Bowl paved the road for the NCAA Final Four to return to the Valley.

"This extremely competitive process mirrored the championship's selections meeting, with the committee having lengthy conversations about the pros and cons of seven attractive and qualified locations", said Dan Gavitt, the NCAA's senior vice president of basketball.

The group was comprised of officials with San Antonio Sports, the City of San Antonio, UTSA and for the first time, the University of the Incarnate Word.

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