Indy to host Final Four in 2021

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis will host the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2021.

The city had put in bids for 2018 and 2020, while preparing to host the 2015 Final Four. Recently, the Circle City held the Final Four in 2006 and 2010.

“We feel very good about our chances of getting a future final four,” Visit Indy President and CEO Leonard Hoops told 24-Hour News 8 this week.

Visit Indy is one of several organizations that worked to convince the NCAA that Indianapolis is the best place for college basketball’s biggest event.

“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,” Hoops said this week.

Sports Corp President Ryan Vaughn says he’s not surprised Indy was awarded a different year than what it bid for.

“We made it very clear to them that we wanted to be as flexible as possible. The NCAA is in our backyard. We love this event. It defines who we are as Hoosiers,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn also said what was done Friday night is not uncommon.

“They’ve gone beyond their published bid cycle before. We weren’t part of that previously, but that’s why we always emphasize flexibility when we make these bids,” Vaughn said. “We put on the greatest events. We put on the best Super Bowl ever. So to come here is to do something special for your sport.”

The 2021 Men’s Final Four is scheduled for April 3 and 5, 2021 at Lucas Oil Stadium, and will be the city’s eighth Men’s Final Four.

Mayor Greg Ballard released the following statement Friday night:

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.

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