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NCAA to announce host cities for future Final Fours

November 14, 2014

The NCAA plans to announce between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday on CBS Sports Network its selection of cities to host the men’s basketball Final Four in 2017 through 2020.

Eight cities, including Indianapolis, are bidding, and four will be selected.

ICVA Executive Director Leonard Hoops on Thursday said Indianapolis submitted a bid for 2018 and 2020 in hopes of landing the tournament in one of those years.

While Indianapolis has a memorandum of understanding with the NCAA that guarantees hosting five major events every five-year period, Hoops said that doesn’t guarantee men’s Final Four tournaments will be one of those events.

The NCAA agreed to put Indianapolis in a permanent rotation after the city paid to build its headquarters at White River State Park, where the NCAA operates rent-free. Nonetheless, Hoops said Indianapolis has to stay competitive to keep hosting the event.

Indianapolis will host the 2015 Final Four, its seventh. The city also hosted in 2006 and 2010.

Other cities in the running are Minneapolis, New Orleans, Dallas, San Antonio, Phoenix, St. Louis and Atlanta.

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