New Orleans Selected as Finalist for NCAA Final Fours park
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has named New Orleans as a finalist in the bid process to host the NCAA Men's Final Four for the years 2017, 2019 or 2020, and the NCAA Women's Final Four for the years 2017-2020.
Tulane University, the University of New Orleans, the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation will officially continue the bid process to host the city's sixth NCAA Men's Final Four, and a record-setting fourth NCAA Women's Final Four. New Orleans has previously hosted the Men's in 1982, 1987, 1993, 2003 and 2012, and the Women's in 1993, 2004 and 2013.
"We eagerly look forward to securing both of these premier events back in New Orleans. After the successes of both the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four and the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four, we are confident in our abilities to deliver premier and quality championships for NCAA," said Rick Dickson, Tulane University's Athletic Director.
"We are excited to start the process of bringing the Men's and Women's Final Four back to New Orleans," said Derek Morel, Athletic Director for the University of New Orleans. "I can say with confidence that the University of New Orleans is proud to partner with these great organizations. We are unified and committed to presenting an exceptional bid for both of these first class events."
"By successfully hosting 10 Super Bowls, four BCS Championship games, five NCAA Men's Final Fours and three NCAA Women's Final Fours, New Orleans has proved itself to be a city of champions and the ideal location for major sporting events," said Paul Hoolahan, Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO. "The Sugar Bowl Committee is proud to be part of the city-wide effort to generate sports tourism while showing off our unique culture and hospitality to a national audience."
"Having served as a co-host for both of these events numerous times, the Sports Foundation knows that our community recognizes what a dynamic celebration it is, engaging sports fans, locals and visitors alike," said Jay Cicero, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation president and CEO. "We are thrilled to be a finalist to host another round of championship events for the economic benefit of our great city and state, and hopeful that the NCAA will continue to recognize that New Orleans is a premier destination for Final Fours."
Final bid materials will be submitted in the spring and the championships awarded in November of 2014.
The New Orleans Local Organizing Committee consists of Tulane University, the University of New Orleans, he Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation.