"That is a part of the conversation, the bid specifications require a minimum of 70 suites to host the Final Four and it's something we will have to do", said Jenny Carnes, associate executive director at San Antonio Sports.
Now less than 1½ years later, Phoenix knows it will host a fourth Super Bowl and second NCAA Final Four men's basketball championship back-to-back in 2023 and 2024. The 2015 Super Bowl was played in Glendale but the area had 26 months to prepare for the Final Four.
You can find the full list of Final Four host cities through the year 2026 here. Only Kansas City, which was the site of 10 Final Fours from 1940-88, has been the site of more. "The San Antonio Local Organizing Committee is comprised of passionate, committed people who did an excellent job collaborating to secure the Final Four yet again". From there, Johnson said, staffing for the event will likely come around 2022 while they keep in constant communication for the NCAA. Critics, however, point to events being spread out through the Valley, Uber surge pricing, and the lack of Light Rail, something Glendale nixed again just previous year.
Although San Antonio was lauded after this spring's men's Final Four, members of the delegation that made the city's pitch in Boston weren't taking anything for granted.
The Final Four will not be headed back to Detroit anytime soon.
Houston was among several cities vying for a Final Four appearance between 2023 and 2026.
"We thought they could have gone either way", for a Final Four site in the west, Johnson said. The Pistons submitted their bid for a NBA All-Star Game in 2020 or 2021 and team Vice-Chairman Arn Tellem pointed out that hotels might prevent that from happening. The facelift included the construction of a media center and 14 temporary luxury suites, the widening of concourses in the building and new video boards. I'm overjoyed that the NCAA recognized this fact, " Turner said in a statement.
"I think we've got the best hospitality in the world. Luckily we have over seven years to plan for it".