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NCAA AWARDS 2003-07 FINAL FOUR SITES TO FIVE DOMES
Published June 26, 1998
The NCAA announced sites for the 2003-07 Men's Final Fours -- New Orleans (2003), San Antonio (2004), St. Louis (2005), Indianapolis (2006) and Atlanta (2007). The Final Fours will be played at the Louisiana Superdome, Alamodome, Trans World Dome, RCA Dome and Georgia Dome, respectively (NCAA). In Fort Worth, Wendell Barnhouse reports that the men's basketball committee's recommendations must be approved by the NCAA's championships committee, "but that is basically a rubber stamping process" (STAR-TELEGRAM, 6/26). FIVE STRONG CANDIDATES: In San Antonio, Griffin & Williams report that the committee's decision to award five Final Fours "was a surprise" because its initial plan was to award only the three through 2005. Bill Hancock, the NCAA's Dir of the D-1's men's basketball championships: "Our committee had a tough choice and decided they couldn't do it" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 6/26). In St. Louis, Tom Wheatley reports that local organizers hoped to prevail in 2003 or 2004, and privately, some local officials "were disappointed at having to wait until 2005." Convention and Visitors Bureau President Bob Bedell said that Final Four "means that $45 million will be left here in direct spending for the region" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 6/26).