Minnesota narrows Final Four bid to 2019 or 2020

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

If Minnesota is selected as host, it will be the third time it has hosted a Final Four. Previous events in 1992 and 2001 were held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota wants to follow up its 2018 Super Bowl host duties with an NCAA men's basketball Final Four in 2019 or 2020.

State, business and sports leaders led appeared Tuesday with Gov. Mark Dayton to describe their push for college basketball's biggest weekend. They think the gleaming new $1 billion stadium being built for the Minnesota Vikings is the perfect setting for the Final Four. The stadium is scheduled to open in 2016.

Last month, the NFL chose Minneapolis to host the Super Bowl four years from now. Minneapolis was already named a finalist by the NCAA for the championship event sometime between 2017 and 2020. Officials say it makes the most sense to wait until after the Super Bowl.

A decision is expected by early November.


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