The Women’s Final Four could be headed back to Amalie Arena.
The NCAA announced Monday that Tampa is one of four finalists to host the women’s basketball championships in 2025 and 2026. The other three: Phoenix, Portland, Ore., and Columbus, Ohio.
Tampa has hosted the event three times, most recently last spring when Baylor beat Notre Dame for the national title. After two days of sellouts last year, more than 123,000 fans have attended the previous Women’s Final Fours in Tampa. That’s the most of any host city.
Cities must submit their final bids by April 13, and site visits from the NCAA will occur in the summer before final, in-person presentations in September. The next hosts are expected to be finalized in October, according to the NCAA.
Columbus is the only other site that has previously hosted the event; it did so in 2018.