Thursday, April 17, 2008
St. Louis Shooting for Another Final Four
The St. Louis Sports Commission is hard at work attempting to land another men’s NCAA Basketball Final Four. A delegation from the Gateway City met with NCAA officials during last week’s Final Four in San Antonio.
Formal bids for Final Fours from 2012-2016 will be due in early June, and 10 cities will be selected as finalists in August. Competitors are expected to include Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Glendale, Ariz., Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, New Orleans and San Antonio. One of the bids is guaranteed to go to Indianapolis, leaving nine cities competing for four bids.
Detroit and Houston may be at a disadvantage, having never hosted the tournament before the NCAA makes its decision (Detroit hosts the Final Four in 2009; Houston in 2011). St. Louis missed out on hosting a Final Four in the current sequence in part because it had not yet hosted the event when the NCAA made its decision. But now, after its success in 2005 and established track record of success in hosting other NCAA championships (Women’s Final Four, Frozen Four, Wrestling Championships), St. Louis is poised to land another Final Four.
And while 2005 doesn’t seem like that long ago, downtown St. Louis has come a LONG way since then and will continue to get better. Who knows, by 2012, we might even have Ballpark Village. Wishful thinking, I know.
Best of luck to Frank Viverito and his team!