The NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee announced that Dallas has been selected as one of eight finalists to host the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Women’s Final Four®. A separate city will be selected to host the event each year.
“We’re thrilled that Dallas is a finalist for the Women's Final Four®,” said Dru Hancock, Big 12 Senior Associate Commissioner. “The city of Dallas and the Big 12 have a strong history of hosting NCAA men’s and women’s competition. We look forward to showcasing our city and venue, and to bringing the NCAA's premier women's basketball event to the DFW area.”
The American Airlines Center serves as Dallas’ proposed competition venue. The Dallas Convention Center will host “Hoop City,” an interactive fan experience, as well as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association annual meeting and trade show, events held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four®.
“American Airlines Center and The City of Dallas are prepared to be a great destination for this major sporting event,” said Dave Brown, vice president/general manager of American Airlines Center. “We’ve hosted NCAA and other major events in the past, and we look forward to showing the selection committee why American Airlines Center is the best choice for the NCAA Women’s Final Four®,” Brown added.
Other finalists include Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Indianapolis; Nashville; New Orleans; San Antonio; and Tampa Bay. Site visits to each city will be conducted in September and October, 2008. Following site visits to each prospective city, the finalists will participate in a presentation session with the committee in mid-November. The 2012-16 Women’s Final Four® sites will be announced in mid-November.
“We are excited at the possibility to host an event of this magnitude in Dallas,” said Phillip Jones, president and CEO, Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The NCAA Women’s Final Four® gives us the opportunity to showcase Dallas’ wonderful amenities, accommodations and attractions to basketball fans from across the U.S. Additionally I want to thank Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm for their commitment to this bid effort and their continued support in positioning Dallas as one of the leading event and visitor destinations in the nation.”