Indianapolis to host 2021 & 2026 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four tournaments

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis has been chosen to host the 2026 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four. 

The 2026 games are scheduled for April 4 and April 6, 2026, at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The city is also hosting their eighth Men's Final Four game in 2021 at Lucas Oil Stadium. That game will mark the 24th time since 1940 that the men's basketball championship has come to Indianapolis. 

Indianapolis played host to the NCAA Men's Basketball Regional on five occasions in 1940, 1979, 2009, 2013 and 2014 and will again host the Regional in 2020.

The city has hosted first and second round competitions for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in 1978, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1996, 2003, 2005 and most recently in 2017 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Indianapolis has previously hosted the Men's Final Four in:

  • 1980 (Market Square Arena)
  • 1991 (RCA Dome)
  • 1997 (RCA Dome)
  • 2000 (RCA Dome)
  • 2006 (RCA Dome)
  • 2010 (Lucas Oil Stadium)
  • 2015 (Lucas Oil Stadium)

“The state of Indiana is a place with deep roots in the basketball community, making it our privilege and honor to host the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four for the ninth time,” said Ryan Vaughn, Indiana Sports Corp President. “March Madness is one of the most distinguished events in collegiate athletics and we will work tirelessly to ensure that the 2026 Final Four captivates fans from across the country. We at Indiana Sports Corp are delighted that the city of Indianapolis has been awarded this opportunity and would like to thank the NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee for trusting us with their event.”

It marks another notch in an already busy calendar for Indianapolis, which has been chosen to host multiple championship games over the next eight years.

Those upcoming events include:

2019

  • Division II Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championship
  • Division I, II and III Women's Rowing Championships

2020

  • Division I Men's Basketball Regionals
  • Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championship

2021

2022

  • College Football Playoff National Championship

2026

  • Men's NCAA Final Four 

Indianapolis has also hosted the Women's Final Four three times in 2005, 2011 and 2016. 

The other cities that will be hosting upcoming Men's Final Fours include Houston in 2023, Phoenix in 2024 and San Antonio in 2025. 

For ticket and volunteer information for the 2021 and 2026 NCAA Men's Final Four in Indianapolis visit www.IndianaSportsCorp.org

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