As Women’s Final Four ends, Indy sets sights on next big events

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 5, 2016) -- As the women's Final Four came to an end Tuesday night, there were still some big events ahead for the city.

FOX59 wanted to know what's next, since it will be a while before the city hosts another Final Four and it will see the Men's Big Ten basketball tournament leave for another location next year.

"We always have our eyes on opportunities four and five years out, but the next couple years are pretty full for sure," Indiana Sports Corp President Ryan Vaughn said.

In addition to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May, the city will also host the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in diving this June. Later this year, the Big 10 football championship will also return.

The next men's Final Four won't be back until 2021, but Vaughn pointed out that Indianapolis is a host city for the first and second rounds of March Madness next year. It will also host the women's Big Ten basketball tournament through 2022.

Fans in town for the women's Final Four said they could see why Indy has become a favorite host city.

"A lot different than what I expected, I didn’t expect there to be this much fanfare," Oregon State fan Tami Westcott said.

"I’ve been telling (my family) all day that I love it here," UConn fan Erin Burke said.

"It’s a great location. The people are friendly here and perfect venue," Washington fan Tyrone Curry said.

Vaughn said estimates for the financial impact of the women's Final Four reached $20 million, in part because this was the first time a city hosted three division championships in one weekend.

Vaughn also said that the city does expect to bid for another women's Final Four soon.

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