Las Vegas Wins NCAA Bid to Host First Men’s Final Four

Las Vegas NCAA Mens Final Four Bid Team 1

The Big Dance’s™ Most Exciting Games Will Soon Take Place in The Greatest Arena on Earth™

Las Vegas has been selected as a host site for the 2028 NCAA Men’s
Final Four_™_, marking the first time it will host the collegiate
basketball championship.

 Games will be played on April 1 and April 3, 2028, at Allegiant Stadium,
the $2 billion, 65,000-seat global events venue is located adjacent to the
world-famous Las Vegas Strip.

 The announcement further solidifies Las Vegas as The Greatest Arena on
Earth™, following successful marquee events this year including the
NFL Draft and the NFL Pro Bowl. Las Vegas will also host the Formula 1
Las Vegas Grand Prix in 2023 and Super Bowl LVIII in 2024. The ability
to present college basketball’s most-viewed event is due in part to
the completion of Allegiant Stadium in 2020.

 “The Raiders are thrilled to welcome the NCAA and college basketball
fans from around the world to Las Vegas and our home at Allegiant
Stadium,” said Sandra Douglass Morgan, president of the Las Vegas
Raiders and Las Vegas NCAA Final Four bid team. “Our facility is a
state-of-the-art, the ideal venue for world-class sporting events.”

 “We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of hosting the NCAA
Men’s Final Four in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium,” said UNLV
Director of Athletics Erick Harper. “Our city has been a hub for
basketball on all levels for many years and now to welcome one of the
premier events in all of sports is a culmination of how Las Vegas has
truly become the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World. We look
forward to working closely with the LVCVA and the NCAA to put on an
amazing event like our city is known for.”

 Las Vegas has hosted many NCAA member conferences’ basketball
championships, including the Mountain West Conference, Pac-12
Conference, West Coast Conference, Western Athletic Conference and the
Big West Conference. In 2023, the destination will also serve as host to
the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball West Regional and the National
Invitation Tournament (NIT).

 “We are excited to bring the NCAA’s premier championship to Las
Vegas, a city that for a number of years has hosted numerous
championships from several member conferences,” said Chris Reynolds,
athletics director at Bradley and the chair of the committee. “The
feedback from leagues, the fans of their teams, and the media covering
the events staged there have been overwhelmingly positive, and we are
confident we’ll get the same reviews when the Men’s Final Four is
played at Allegiant Stadium.”

The Las Vegas NCAA Final Four Bid Team is composed of several sports,
entertainment and tourism executives and thought leaders in Las Vegas.

 The team includes Applied Analysis Principal Analyst Jeremy Aguero; Las
Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Sports Marketing and
Special Events Manager Jennifer Bundschuh; Las Vegas Raiders President
Sandra Douglass Morgan; Las Vegas Raiders Vice President of Stadium
Management, Programming, and Guest Experience Adam Feldman; LVCVA Chief
Executive Officer/President Steve Hill; LVCVA Senior Director of Sports
and Special Events Lisa Motley; Allegiant Stadium Assistant General
Manager Greg Desharnais; UNLV Director of Athletics Erick Harper; R&R
Partners Executive Vice President Rob Dondero; Thomas & Mack Center
Executive Director Mike Newcomb; Allegiant Stadium General Manager Chris
Wright; and LVCVA Chief Operating Officer Brian Yost.

 “The Final Four is one of the marquee events in sports and we are
thrilled to have the opportunity to be the host in 2028,” said Steve
Hill, CEO/President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
“The excitement of Final Four basketball combined with the energy of
Las Vegas will create an unforgettable experience for teams and fans
alike. We can’t wait to welcome the Division I Men’s Basketball
Championship to the Greatest Arena on Earth.”

Planning has already commenced for this momentous event, which features
volunteer opportunities for the Las Vegas community and dedicated
visitors to the destination. Those interested can register here [4].

 More information on the Final Four in Las Vegas is available at [5]. Additional information on Las Vegas can be
found at [6]. [7]


 The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with
marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination
worldwide and with operating the 4.6 million-square-foot Las Vegas
Convention Center (LVCC). With 150,000 hotel rooms and 14 million square
feet of meeting and exhibit space in Las Vegas alone, the LVCVA’s
mission centers on attracting leisure and business visitors to the area.
The LVCVA also owns the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop, an underground
tunnel designed by The Boring Company, and the Las Vegas Monorail, an
elevated 3.9-mile system with seven stops throughout the resort
corridor. For more information, go to [8], [9] or [10].

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