Columbus Finalist For Hosting Woman's Final Four

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The city of Columbus has been named one of seven finalists up to host a Women's Final Four in basketball.

Ohio State, the city of Columbus and Nationwide Arena submitted the bid to the NCAA.

Four sites will be selected for future years 2017 through 2020. Other finalists include, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.

The event could generate an estimated $15-18 million in visitor spending in Central Ohio, with the semifinals and championship game attracting more than 40,000 fans to Nationwide Arena over two nights. All three games would be broadcast on national television.  

An official announcement is expected in late November.  

“We’d like to thank the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee for advancing our bid to the next round,” said Ohio State Athletics Executive Associate Athletic Director Miechelle Willis.  “The Women’s Final Four is one of the most sought after events in the sports marketplace because it is much more than three basketball games and that will present some unique opportunities for the Columbus community.”