The NCAA announced Thursday morning that it has formally started the process to identify the host sites for the 2017-20 Final Fours. The 2014 Final Four will be played in North Texas, followed by Indianapolis in 2015 and Houston in 2016.
The winning bids will be announced in November 2014.
“We’re excited to begin what we expect to be a competitive bid process,” Ron Wellman, chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and director of athletics at Wake Forest University, said in the press release. “Through the years the Final Four has evolved from one of the country’s favorite events into one of the world’s most popular events, so it’s a tremendous opportunity for cities to be the center of the sporting universe.” Per the release, prospective host cities have until this Oct. 11 to submit a declaration of their intent to bid for a Final Four, and must submit a draft budget, hotel rates and confirmation of adherence to the NCAA’s bid specifications by Nov. 15. Bid venues must have a minimum of 60,000 seats. The NCAA men’s basketball staff will meet with representatives of each city’s host committee in December, and announce finalists in January 2014.