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Arizona selected to host 2026 NCAA Women’s Final Four

TUCSON (KVOA) - The NCAA Woman's Final Four is coming to Arizona in 2026, according to a news release shared Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Phoenix has won the bid to host the NCAA national semi-finals games at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix on April 3, 2026.

The governor said the Phoenix Women’s Final Four Bid Committee began the bidding process nearly a year ago. After being named among fellow finalists Columbus, Portland and Tampa, the committee received the news that the NCAA Woman's Final Four games will be heading to Phoenix, which has not be held in the West since 2012.

“Arizona is thrilled to welcome the NCAA Women's Final Four in 2026!” said Governor Ducey. “With our unbeatable weather, exceptional hotel accommodations, world-class culinary scene, and welcoming atmosphere, no state provides a better experience for fans and players. We’re grateful to NCAA Women’s Basketball for selecting Arizona to host this event. My thanks also to the Phoenix Women’s Final Four Bid Committee, including the Arizona Office of Tourism, for their dedication and hard work to secure this win for our state. We can’t wait for 2026!” 

Arizona hosted the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2017. The games brought nearly 60,000 visitors to the city and had an estimated economic impact of $324.5 million.

“We look forward to hosting the teams and fans that the NCAA Women’s Final Four will bring to Arizona in 2026,” said Arizona Office of Tourism Director Debbie Johnson. “And we’re excited that everyone watching at home will see some of the amazing places and experiences that await them on their next visit to Arizona!”

Fellow finalist, Tampa, will also host a Final Four Game. The Florida city will host the games on in 2025.

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