July 3, 2003

Indianapolis Lands 2010 NCAA Men's Final Four

July 3, 2003

Indianapolis and the RCA Dome were awarded the 2010 NCAA Men's Final Four on Tuesday, July 1, by the NCAA Men's Division I basketball committee. The city's bid was represented by Butler University and the Horizon League, which serve as the institutional co-hosts of the event.

It will be the sixth Men's Final Four to be in Indianapolis since 1980, when the Final Four took place at Market Square Arena. The RCA Dome was the site for the Men's Final Four in 1991, 1997 and 2000 and will have another Men's Final Four in 2006. The Women's Final Four will be in the RCA Dome in 2005. The NCAA also announced that the RCA Dome would host first and seconds rounds or a regional of the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

"We are absolutely delighted to be chosen to again host the NCAA's showcase event," said Butler University Athletic Director John Parry. "We pledge to do our very best to organize and stage a Final Four in 2010 that will be our best yet with our emphasis, as always, on providing the optimum experience for the student-athletes."

"The Horizon League is honored to receive this invitation to host the 2010 Final Four," said Commissioner Jon LeCrone. "Our successful bid was the result of detailed planning from many people and is reflective of the spirit of cooperation and partnership that exists in Indianapolis."

Along with the Final Four, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) will have its annual convention. The NCAA also stages a "Hoop City" fan festival as part of the event.

"The Final Four is an event we've cherished since we hosted our first in 1980, and this recognition is the result of our outstanding venue, the unmatched convenience of our downtown and the cooperation of the volunteers who embrace this event," Mayor Bart Peterson said. "But we won't rest on our laurels. We will continue to do everything we can to make sure 2006 and 2010 are successes and that Indianapolis continues to be the premier location for national and international sporting events."

Indianapolis presented its bid to the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee during meetings last week in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M. Presenters included Indianapolis businessman and former Indiana Pacer George McGinnis, who is co-chairman of the Indianapolis Local Organizing Committee; Bob Bedell, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association; Mike Fox, Stadium Director of the RCA Dome; Parry, and former Butler University basketball player Darnell Archey, who represented student-athletes.

Archey will serve on an advisory committee comprised of former student-athletes who will offer input to the ILOC as the student-athlete experience, as well as look at programs that would involve youth in the Final Four.

Indianapolis' bid emphasized the convenience of downtown; the versatility and size of the RCA Dome and Indiana Convention Center; the city's experience in hosting large sporting events and its volunteers; and, lastly, Indiana basketball history and tradition.

Indianapolis was among six cities bidding for the 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011 Final Four. San Antonio's Alamodome (April 5 and 7, 2008), Detroit's Ford Field (April 4 and 6, 2009) and Houston's Reliant Stadium (April 2 and 4, 2011) were the other successful bidders. St. Louis and New Orleans were the finalists not chosen.

"Indy didn't take anything for granted," said Jim Livengood, director of athletics at the University of Arizona and chair of the Division I Men's Basketball Committee. "Their effort came across as if they had never hosted anything before. It was sincere and creative. We're excited to schedule another stop in Indianapolis in 2010."

Seating capacity for the 2010 Final Four is to be determined. Past Final Four configurations have ranged from 43,000 to 49,000.

Quick Facts

* In March 1989, the NCAA conducted five championship events in Indianapolis. At that time, it was the most events to take place in one city in one month. The events included: NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship - Midwest Region First and Second Rounds, NCAA Division I Women's and Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, and NCAA Division I Women's and Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships.

* Since 1979, 70 NCAA national championship events have taken place in Indianapolis, including the four NCAA Men's Final Fours - the organization's premier event.

* In 2000, Indianapolis became the only city to host the NCAA Men's Final Four three times in a 10-year span (1991, 1997, and 2000) since 1965. Following the 2000 Final Four, The Sporting News named Indianapolis as the "best Final Four host" stating that "there's no better basketball town than Indy."

* The event returns to Indianapolis April 1 and 3, 2006 and the NCAA Women's Final Four makes its first Indianapolis appearance in April 3 and 5, 2005.

* The city will host the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament First and Second Rounds for the eighth time in 2005.

* Indianapolis has set 21 attendance records for NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship events.

Future NCAA Championship Events to take place in Indianapolis through 2010 include:

March 17 & 19, 2005 - NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship - First and Seconds, RCA Dome

April 3 & 5, 2005 - NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship - Final Four, RCA Dome

April 1 & 3, 2006 - NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship - Final Four, RCA Dome

March 2009 - NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship - First and Second Rounds or Regional, RCA Dome

April 3 & 5, 2010 - NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship - Final Four, RCA Dome