INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 14, 2014)– The NCAA Site Selection Committee announced Friday that the men’s Final Four basketball tournament will be back in Indianapolis in 2021.
Indianapolis officials submitted the bid Tuesday. The committee selected the four host cities for the 2017-2021 tournaments late Friday afternoon. Indianapolis was up against Minneapolis, New Orleans, Dallas, San Antonio, Atlanta, Phoenix and St. Louis.
On Thursday, officials spoke with FOX59 and seemed confident in their bid.
“We felt based on the questions they were asking and we made a positive impact on them and we’re confident in our overall bid,” said Visit Indy President & CEO Leonard Hoops. “Between the fact that we’ve got Lucas Oil Stadium, which was designed in part with the NCAA’s help to host these kinds of events, we feel very confident we’ve got the best venue.”
Lucas Oil Stadium held the Final Four in 2010 and will host the tournament again next April. The Indiana Sports Corp. expects 70,000 fans will attend the games being played on April 4th and 6th.
Hoops said such a tournament pumps at least $45 million into the local economy.
Mayor Greg Ballard issued the following statement:
“Once again the eyes of the sports world will look toward Indy as our city hosts its eighth NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2021. This city is synonymous with hosting great sporting events and I have no doubt our local organizing team and legion of volunteers will show basketball fans around the world the best things about Indy.”