NCAA ditch domes for regional finals
NCAA will no longer use domes before Final Four
The NCAA will no longer host regional basketball finals in football stadiums, with all future Final Four domes having already completed their respective dry runs ahead of matches being held at the venues.
It has been the practice for more than two decades for regional finals to be contested in domes as part of an application process for stadia to be granted Final Four matches in future seasons.
However, this will this will no longer take place with the Final Four venues for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons already selected by the NCAA after successful 'dress rehearsals' during the regionals.
There will, however, be an NCAA portal available from July for proposals to host Final Four matches for seasons 2017-2020, with the decision on the applicants to be made towards the end of next year.
The NCAA will place no restrictions on applications, meaning cities that do not have a dome will be able to make a case to be granted Final Four status, with all proposals set to be discussed.
The next three Final Fours are in Arlington, Texas, in 2014; Indianapolis in 2015; and Houston in 2016.