The NCAA announced the location of the Final Four for the 2023-2026 seasons.
It goes like this:
- 2023: Houston
- 2024: Phoenix
- 2025: San Antonio
- 2026: Indianapolis
That will follow Final Fours the next four years in:
- 2019: Minneapolis
- 2020: Atlanta
- 2021: Indianapolis
- 2022: New Orleans
For the most part, this is fine. What makes a good Final Four city — hell, what makes a city a good candidate to host any major sporting event — is that the arena, stadium or dome is walking distance from good hotels and the best restaurants and bars.
That’s why Indianapolis, New Orleans and San Antonio are generally considered the best locations for the event and why cities like Houston, Dallas and Phoenix are not.
The saving grace with Phoenix is that Scottsdale is a ton of fun and a great spot for fans to go, even if it is a $30 Uber ride from seemingly everywhere in the state of Arizona, and while I’ve heard great things about Minneapolis, going in early April does not sound all that pleasant.
I despite little more than going to Houston for the Final Four. Everything is so spread out, the traffic is a nightmare and I’m still searching to find a place that actually felt like a night at the Final Four instead of a night out in a big city.
Houston is fine, I guess. Houston is not a place where the Final Four should be.
That said, last time I was there I saw James Harden tip a bathroom attendant $20.
So it’s not all bad, I guess.