Jan. 27, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh was selected among seven finalists for four future NCAA Women's Basketball Division I Final Fours from 2017-2020 on Monday.
The other finalists include: Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, New Orleans and Tampa Bay. Of the aforementioned cities, only New Orleans (1991, 2004 and 2013) and Tampa Bay (2008) have hosted previously.
The 2014 Women's Final Four will take place in Nashville, while Tampa Bay is slated to present the event in 2015 and Indianapolis in 2016.
The University of Pittsburgh, CONSOL Energy Center and VisitPITTSBURGH joined to submit a declaration of intent to bid for the Women's Final Four this past November. Representatives of the NCAA then met with individuals from the city's host committee, who in-turn reviewed each city's competition venue, transportation and lodging, and the region's overall commitment to the event. For a Women's Final Four, venues must hold a minimum of 18,000 fans.
CONSOL Energy Center, which opened in August 2010, hosted second and third rounds of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and will do so again in 2015.
In-person presentations from each finalist city to NCAA Committee will take place this summer with site visits planned to the seven respective cities in August, September and October. The announcement of winning bids will be revealed in November 2014.