Phoenix council to vote on bid for NCAA women's basketball Final Four tournament

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Posted at 6:09 PM, Jan 03, 2020

PHOENIX — Downtown Phoenix could soon play host to another major sporting event.

The Phoenix City Council will consider making a bid to be the host city for the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Final Four next week.

The City Council will vote on Wednesday, January 8 to formally make a bid for the 2025 and 2026 tournaments. If chosen, Phoenix would only host one of those two years and the games would be played at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Valley of the Sun has never hosted this event, though the Men’s Final Four was played in Glendale in 2017 and will return there in 2024.

One complicating factor for a possible Phoenix bid is timing. Typically played in late March or early April, the NCAA games would land during the NBA season. As a result, the Final Four games would have to be scheduled at a time when the Phoenix Suns aren’t playing at home.

If the City Council moves forward with a bid, it will be up to the NCAA to consider the application and those from any other cities interested.