Jan. 27, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - Minneapolis has been selected among eight finalists to host the 2017-2020 Men's Basketball Final Fours, the NCAA announced today. The University of Minnesota will serve as host institution as part of the bid, which will announced in November.
"We are extremely excited about the possibility of hosting another NCAA championship in the Twin Cities," said Minnesota director of athletics Norwood Teague. "The University of Minnesota has established an excellent track record as NCAA championship hosts, and as part of the Final Four bid, we are pleased to join in the excitement surrounding the opening of the new stadium in a few years."
Both semifinal games and the national title game would be played at the new Vikings stadium, which is slated for completion in 2016. The 65,000-seat, climate-controlled stadium will be located at the site of current Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which played host to the Men's Final Four in 1992 and 2001 along with regional games in 1989, 1996, 2003 and 2006.
The new venue will be connected via skyway to Minneapolis' downtown core of hotels and attractions, along with light rail transit access to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and other points in the Twin Cities metro area.
Minnesota is already scheduled to host a number of upcoming NCAA championships and competitions. This year, the Gophers will host the West Regional of the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center along with the Division I Swimming & Diving Championship on campus. Future dates include the 2015 and 2018 Women's Frozen Four, the 2016 Men's Ice Hockey and Women's Gymnastics Regional, the 2018 Men's Swimming & Diving Championship and Women's Gymnastics Regional, along with the 2018 Men's Frozen Four.
The four sites for the national semifinal and championship games will be selected from a field that also includes Atlanta, Indianapolis, New Orleans, North Texas, Phoenix/Glendale, San Antonio and St. Louis. Completed bids are due in May, with the respective committees and staffs spending the summer reviewing each bid before making site visits to 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 early November 2014 in Indianapolis, followed by the announcement of the winning bids later that month.
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