Indianapolis chosen to host NCAA Final Four in 2026

July 16, 2018

Indianapolis has been chosen to host the 2026 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, the NCAA announced Monday afternoon.

The event is scheduled for April 4 and April 6, 2026, at Lucas Oil Stadium. It will be the ninth time the city hosts the event.

Indianapolis also is scheduled to host the Final Four in 2021. That announcement was made in 2014.

The last time the city hosted the event was 2015. The tournament drew 143,387 spectators to Lucas Oil Stadium.

 The NCAA also announced the following hosts for upcoming Final Fours:

— 2023: Houston

— 2024: Phoenix

— 2025: San Antonio

Other previously announced sites are Minneapolis in 2019, Atlanta in 2020, and New Orleans in 2022.

Indianapolis first hosted the Final Four in 1980, in Market Square Arena. The Hoosier Dome (RCA Dome) hosted the event four times (1991, 1997, 2000, 2006) and Lucas Oil has hosted it twice (2010, 2015).

The only city to host it more often is Kansas City, which welcomed the tournament 10 times, most recently in 1988.

The NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four has taken place in Indianapolis three times (2005, 2011 and 2016).


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