TAMPA, Fla. - The NCAA Division I Women’s
Basketball Committee has chosen
five future Women’s Final Four sites for the years 2012-16 and Tampa was awarded 2015.
The Women’s Final Four sites are:
2012 – Denver. Mountain West Conference, host.
2013 – New Orleans. University of New Orleans, host.
2014 – Nashville. Ohio Valley Conference, host.
2015 – Tampa Bay. University of South Florida, host.
2016 - Indianapolis. Butler University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Horizon League, hosts.
After submitting an intent-to-bid form last November,
representatives of 12 cities attended a
pre-bid seminar in January, and they met with NCAA staff for individual planning and progress
updates in April and again in June. After selecting eight finalist cities in August, women’s basketball
committee members made site visits to each finalist city in September and October 2008. Following
the site visits to each prospective city, representatives of the bid committee made final presentations
to the committee on Nov. 11-12 in Indianapolis.
When evaluating prospective host cities, the committee reviewed
each city’s competition
venue, convention center, hotel community, transportation plans, legacy programs and financial
commitment, as well as the community’s and prospective host institution/conference’s overall
commitment to the event.
The cities selected represent a blend of cities with past
Women’s Final Four hosting
experience in Indianapolis (2005), New Orleans (1991, 2004) and Tampa Bay (2008), while
Denver and Nashville will be hosting the event for the first time.
For more information, please contact Travis Claytor, communications manager for Tampa Bay & Company atTClaytor@VisitTampaBay.com, or 813-342.4052.