Nashville to find out NCAA host status Monday

November 15th, 2014

The NCAA will announce on Monday if Nashville will become the site of a future men’s tournament or women’s Final Four.

Midstate basketball fans are expected to find out Monday whether Nashville will become the home to a future NCAA Women’s Final Four or an NCAA men’s preliminary round tournament.

Scott Ramsey, president and CEO of the Nashville Sports Council, and Beth DeBauche, commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference, made their proposals to an NCAA committee at the organization’s Indianapolis headquarters on Thursday.

Nashville would like to host the men’s second- and third-round games in 2016-17 or 2017-18, and it would like to host a Women’s Final Four one time from 2016-17 through 2019-20.

The decisions will be announced Monday. The men’s sites will be announced at 11 a.m. on NCAA.com; the Women’s Final Four sites will be announced at halftime of Monday night’s Baylor-Kentucky women’s basketball game. The game tips off at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Nashville is one of seven bidders for a future Women’s Final Four. The others are Dallas, Pittsburgh, Houston, New Orleans, Columbus, Ohio, and Tampa. The 2015 event is scheduled in Tampa.

The 2015 Women’s Final Four is scheduled for April 5-7 at Amalie Arena in Tampa; the 2016 event is scheduled at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Bridgestone Arena already isscheduled to be the home to the SEC men’s tournaments in 2015-17, 2019-21 and 2023. The women’s SEC tournament will be held here in 2018, 2022 and 2026.

Courtesy of: David Ammenheuser

Published by: The Tennessean

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