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Rick Nixon | NCAA.com | September 24, 2018

4 cities chosen as future NCAA Women’s Final Four hosts

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San Antonio, Minneapolis, Dallas and Cleveland have been tabbed as future host cities for the NCAA Women’s Final Four from 2021 through 2024.

The announcement by the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee identified the four cities after an exhaustive process over the past 12 months. Tampa Bay, Florida, (Amalie Arena) and New Orleans (Smoothie King Center) previously had been identified to host in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

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The Women’s Final Four will return to San Antonio and the Alamodome on April 2 and 4, 2021.

The Alamo City has played host previously to America’s premier women’s sporting event in 2002 and 2010. The 2002 national championship was won by UConn, which defeated Oklahoma in the title game. The Women’s Final Four all-time attendance record was set in 2002, with 29,619 in attendance for the national semifinals. The 2010 Women’s Final Four in San Antonio also was won by UConn, behind most outstanding player Maya Moore. The Huskies, with a 39-0 record, defeated Stanford for the national title. Co-hosts for the 2021 event include University of the Incarnate Word, University of Texas at San Antonio and San Antonio Sports.

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Minneapolis returns as a Women’s Final Four host city in 2022 after previously hosting in 1995. Playing dates for the event will be April 1 and 3 at the Target Center.

The 1995 Women’s Final Four in Minneapolis was a sign of things to come in women’s basketball, as the UConn Huskies, coached by a young upstart named Geno Auriemma, scored the first of their record 11 team national championships. The championship capped a perfect 35-0 season for the Huskies. The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Sports Minneapolis will serve as co-hosts in 2022.

Dallas and the American Airlines Center will host March 31 and April 2, 2023. Dallas previously played host to the Women’s Final Four in 2017, highlighted by the national semifinal upset of UConn by Mississippi State, which ended the Huskies’ record 111-game winning streak. The South Carolina Gamecocks then emerged to win the school’s first national championship. The Big 12 Conference and Dallas Sports Commission will serve as co-hosts in 2023.

Cleveland, which previously hosted the Women’s Final Four in 2007, will return as host in 2024, with games played April 5 and 7 at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland was the site of the second to last national championship won by the Tennessee Lady Vols and legendary head coach Pat Summitt in 2007. 

It will be the fourth Women’s Final Four to be held in the state of Ohio.  In addition to Cleveland in 2007, the Women’s Final Four has been held in Cincinnati in 1997 and in Columbus in 2018. The Mid-American Conference and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will serve as co-hosts.

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“The committee appreciates all of the cities that were involved in the bid process and are thrilled to announce the additions of great hosting communities in San Antonio, Minneapolis, Dallas and Cleveland to the Women’s Final Four family of future hosts,” said Rhonda Lundin Bennett, chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and senior associate athletics director at Nevada. “When we crown a national champion in those cities in the years to come, we know our student-athletes, teams and fans will have enjoyed an amazing championship experience.”

Here is a full list of Women’s Final Four future host sites from 2019 to 2024:

YEAR/DATES

CITY

HOSTS

FACILITY

2019

April 5 and 7

Tampa Bay

University of South Florida, Tampa Bay Sports Commission

Amalie Arena

2020

April 3 and 5

New Orleans

University of New Orleans, Tulane University

Smoothie King Center

2021

April 2 and 4

San Antonio

University of the Incarnate Word, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio Sports

Alamodome

2022

April 1 and 3

Minneapolis

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Sports Minneapolis

Target Center

2023

March 31 and April 2

Dallas

Big 12 Conference, Dallas Sports Commission

American Airlines Center

2024

April 5 and 7

Cleveland

Mid-American Conference,  Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

Quicken Loans Arena