Detroit misses out on Final Four for quite a while

Ruben Hill
July 19, 2018

San Antonio will host the 2025 Men's Final Four tournament at the Alamodome. "So when the Final Four returns, we will be seasoned veterans in hosting the thrilling Men's Division I college basketball championship competition".

This will be the second time the University of Phoenix Stadium will host the Final Four, with the first coming in 2017.

Nirenberg also said San Antonio continues to define for other cities what the ideal Final Four experience should be like for fans.

Detroit was named one of seven finalists to host the Final Four in 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026, but was not selected to host any of those years it was announced Monday afternoon.

The cities were chosen from a group that also included Los Angeles, Detroit and North Texas.

And while there were preliminary discussions as recently as 2012 about returning the Final Four to true basketball arenas, those talks appear to have been squashed altogether for the next decade or so, with the strength of the dollar winning out over the intimate feel of playing the game in a venue built for it. North Carolina edged Gonzaga in that title game.

The 2026 Men's Final Four is scheduled for April 4 and 6, 2026, at Lucas Oil Stadium. SC and OR were also featured in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. "The facility's outstanding. So the committee thought it was time to go back after their very successful past hosts". Only Kansas City, which was the site of 10 Final Fours from 1940-88, has been the site of more. Houston has also hosted three NCAA Regionals at NRG and will host a 2020 Regional at Toyota Center. "We look forward to continued collaboration with the NCAA on future men's basketball events, while teaming to host seven upcoming NCAA championship events in Detroit". They get together on a regular basis to discuss the specifics of each mega-event bid, sharing resources and knowledge in a collective way that countless other cities fail to do.

The 2019 Final Four will take place in Minneapolis, while Atlanta will host the 2020 event, Indianapolis will be the site for the 2021 Final Four and New Orleans will host in 2022.

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