Atlanta will host the NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Championship in 2020. The announcement was made during a live broadcast Friday, capping a 14-month planning process by the Atlanta Basketball Host Committee (ABHC) to bring the event to the new Atlanta stadium.
“It’s proven that Atlanta’s infrastructure and collaborative hospitality community are well-suited to host this world-class event,” said William Pate, president and CEO of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The 2013 Final Four was a great success in our city, and we plan to deliver an even better experience to college basketball fans in 2020.”
Pate and nine other members of the ABHC, also known as “Team Atlanta,” met with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee earlier in the week to present the city’s bid. Atlanta was one of eight finalists.
Although 2020 will mark the fifth time Atlanta has hosted the NCAA Men’s Final Four, this will be the first time the new Atlanta stadium hosts the championship. Several other new additions to the downtown corridor also make Atlanta an attractive host site for college basketball’s premier event. The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience and the Center for Civil and Human Rights both opened earlier this year, enhancing the already robust visitor experience downtown with Centennial Olympic Park, CNN Center, Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola. The Atlanta Streetcar will also bring new mode of transportation for fans, providing them with a safe, fun and convenient way to navigate the city.
Atlanta has previously hosted the NCAA Final Four in 1977, 2002, 2007 and 2013.
Established in 1913, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.