The Washington Times - November 19, 2008, 12:40PM

The NCAA just unveiled its basketball Final Four sites earlier this hour, and of course the group was culled from a list of candidates that almost exactly reflect the list of cities around the country with domed football stadiums.

This, of course, is because the NCAA hasn’t played a Final Four in a regular basketball arena since 1996, and it’s unfathomable to think that will change.


On the bright side, there are some sure things among this list of five sites, if anyone happens to be interested in setting aside some time in several years to make their way to the last weekend of the college basketball season:

2012: New Orleans, Superdome (city also hosted: 1982, 1987, 1993, 2003)
2013: Atlanta, Georgia Dome (city also hosted: 1977, 2002, 2007)
2014: Arlington/Dallas/Fort Worth, Cowboys Stadium (city also hosted: 1986)
2015: Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium (city also hosted: 1980, 1991, 1997, 2000, 2006)
2016: Houston, Reliant Stadium (city also hosted: 1971, will host in 2011)

The cities left without a Final Four on this round of bidding include Detroit, Minneapolis, Phoenix/Glendale, San Antonio and St. Louis. It’s a shame San Antonio didn’t another crack after hosting in 1998, 2004 and 2008; that seemed to be the best run of the four Final Fours (2002, 2006-08) I’ve attended.

Here, by the way, are the next three Final Four sites – announced a long, long time ago, I might add:

2009: Detroit (Ford Field)
2010: Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium)
2011: Houston (Reliant Stadium)

Patrick Stevens