The NCAA has named Kansas City a finalist bid city to host the 2021-2024 Women’s Final Four.
A committee has been formed, comprised of the Kansas City Sports Commission, Visit KC, Sprint Center and the University of Missouri, to oversee the bid.
“Our experience hosting major sporting events at the collegiate, national and professional level is extensive,” said Kathy Nelson, President and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission. “We are ready to bring the Women’s Final Four to Kansas City.”
Kansas City was one of eight cities identified as finalists by the NCAA. Other cities include Cleveland, OH, Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX, Indianapolis, IN, Minneapolis, MN, and Nashville, TN.
“On behalf of the local hospitality community, Visit KC and its partners are eager to roll out the red carpet and welcome fans and visitors to Kansas City, affectionately known as the College Basketball Capital of America,” Visit KC Chair CiCi Rojas said. “We estimate that this event and its ancillary activities will infuse more than $21 million into the local economy, in addition to the priceless TV and media coverage associated with an event of this caliber.”
The committee will submit a final bid by April 27. NCAA committee members and staff will visit each city between July and August of 2018. Finalist cities having a final in-person presentation to members of the committee will meet during the week of Sept. 17-21.
“Kansas City has a rich basketball tradition, and the University of Missouri is proud to be partnering with the Local Organizing Committee in hopes of bringing a future NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four to the community,” University of Missouri Athletic Director Jim Sterk said. “We look forward to working with leaders in Kansas City to help make this a reality in the coming months.”
The cities that have been selected as future Women’s Final Four hosts will be announced in early October, 2018.
Kansas City last hosted the Women’s Final Four in 1998.
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