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ST. PETE, ALREADY '99 FINAL FOUR HOST, MAY GET '98 SWEET 16
Published November 23, 1994
St. Petersburg has been notified by the NCAA it is one of five finalists for the Southeast regional Sweet 16 tournament in '98. The 1999 Final Four already has been awarded to St. Pete. Sites are expected to be chosen as soon as next week after the Division I men's basketball committee meets and makes its recommendations to the NCAA executive committee. Also making the cut: Atlanta, Knoxville and Lexington. Atlanta submitted two bids, one for the Omni and one for the GA Dome. If St. Pete does not get the Sweet 16 regional spot, the city and ThunderDome will be "all but a lock" for first- and second-round games in '98. The NCAA generally awards either of the two tournaments to a Final Four site the year before those games as a dress rehearsal (Bob Chick, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/23).