NCAA Men’s Final Four is coming back to Arizona in 2024

I cannot even begin to tell you how thrilled I am that the NCAA Men’s Final Four is coming back to Arizona in 2024!

Members of the bid committee came together and watched yesterday as the NCAA revealed that Phoenix would be hosting the games once again. Our whoops and hollers no doubt scared the daylights out of lunchtime diners in the space next to us at the Sheraton Grand in downtown Phoenix.

As good as Phoenix’s reputation as a mega-event host is, landing another Final Four was definitely not a foregone conclusion. We were competing against six other cities with similarly impressive hosting credentials and excellent sports and entertainment facilities.

We believe the NCAA chose us not just because of our experience and infrastructure, but because of our collaborative spirit. Bringing the Final Four back to Arizona was truly a community effort.

To borrow a basketball metaphor, our group didn’t just come together during crunch time; we coalesced through countless practices, study sessions and bid drafts, sharing resources and knowledge in a way that our competitors would envy.

The result: The 2024 Final Four will be the eighth mega sports event to be played in Arizona since University of Phoenix Stadium opened in 2006. In that same span, no other destination has more than six.  

I am incredibly grateful to everyone who helped our destination with this big win. We should all stand up today and be very proud!

Debbie Johnson
Director, Arizona Office of Tourism
@AZTourismNews

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18 Jul 2018


By Elaine Earle