The NCAA on Monday afternoon released the Final Four sites for the next set of four years, with San Antonio, which by almost all accounts has been universally praised as a wonderful host city for the Final Four, earning its way back into the coveted rotation for the fifth time since 1998.
San Antonio was also pursuing Final Four tournaments in 2023 and 2026, but the NCAA awarded those games to Houston and Indianapolis, respectively.
San Antonio has hosted four previous Men's Final Fours (1998, 2004, 2008, 2018), two Women's Final Fours (2002, 2010) and two Women's Division I Volleyball Championship (2005, 2011). "From our City partners and host institutions to our volunteers and fans, San Antonio enthusiastically embraces this event, and we're excited to bring back another Men's 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, Indiana Sports Corp President. The decision by the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee was announced on Twitter at 2:30 p.m.
Phoenix Local Organizing Committee had no idea if they would win bid.
"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. "The Final Four is more than just great games, it's a spectacular opportunity for our statewide tourism industry and a platform to showcase Arizona to an global audience".
The other known Final Four cities at this point include Minnesota for 2019, Atlanta for 2020, and New Orleans for 2022.
"It's a big day, huge day, we're beyond excited", said Debbie Johnson, Director of the Arizona Office of Tourism.
It's more of the same in college basketball when it comes to awarding the sport's signature event to a host city.
"We are thrilled for the cities of Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis".