Kansas City made the short list but is not a finalist for the NCAA women’s Final Four.
Seven cities were announced Monday as finalists for women’s Final Fours that will be awarded from 2017-20: Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Houston; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.
“We were excited to be on the short list of 13 cities and disappointed not to make the cut to seven finalists,” Kansas City Sports Commission CEO Kathy Nelson said. “Our staff, along with Sprint Center, Convention and Visitors Bureau and our bid partners put a lot of work into the bid.”
Kansas City had hoped to ride the momentum of the recent announcement of 14 NCAA championships awarded to the region, including the Division I women’s volleyball and men’s soccer finals and the Division II football title game.
Kansas City was the site of the 1998 women’s Final Four at Kemper Arena.
Finalists for the men’s Final Four from 2017-20 also were announced: Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Arlington, Texas, Glendale, Ariz., San Antonio and St. Louis.
This season’s Final Four will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with the event going to Indianapolis in 2015 and Houston in 2016.