2028 NCAA showcase at Allegiant Stadium


NCAA Final Four 2028 coming to Las Vegas Image: Las Vegas Raiders

Las Vegas (US) landed another major sporting event on November 22nd, with the announcement by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) that the 2028 NCAA Men’s Final Four will be played at the Allegiant Stadium.

‘Las Vegas Review-Journal’ stated that slated to take place on April 1st and April 3rd, 2028, it will mark the first time Las Vegas plays host to the final two rounds of the annual tournament deciding the national college basketball champion.

Indianapolis (US)-based the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit organization that regulates student-athletics among about 1,100 schools in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

The 65,000-capacity Allegiant Stadium is a domed stadium located in Paradise, Nevada (US). It is the home stadium for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL), the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels college football team, the Las Vegas Bowl, and the Vegas Kickoff Classic.

Commented Chris Reynolds, Athletics Director at Bradley University and the Chair of the Awarding Committee, “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. The feedback from leagues, the fans of their teams and the media covering the events staged there has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are confident we’ll get the same reviews when the Men’s Final Four is played at the Allegiant Stadium.”

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee selected on November 22nd the host sites for the Final Four between 2027 and 2030, with Detroit receiving the 2027 event, Indianapolis being awarded it in 2029 and Arlington, Texas, grabbing the 2030 version.

‘Las Vegas Review-Journal’ further stated that the Final Four is the latest major event announced to take place at the $2 billion, 65,000-capacity Allegiant Stadium. The National Football League (NFL) Pro Bowl was played there this year and will take place there again in 2023. The Super Bowl is slated to take place at the stadium in February 2024.

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

UNLV, the only Division I school in Southern Nevada, will serve as the host team for the Final Four. UNLV itself has made the Final Four four times (1977, 1987, 1990, and 1991), with the Runnin’ Rebels winning their lone national championship in 1990.

UNLV Director of Athletics Erick Harper said, “We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of hosting the NCAA Men’s Final Four in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium. 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 Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the NCAA to put on an amazing event like our City is known for.”

Over the years, Las Vegas has been a longtime favorite locale for fans to take in March Madness at the sportsbooks at various resorts. The City will get its first official men’s tournament action next year when it hosts the West Regionals at the 20,000-capacity T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, in March.

Las Vegas is also set to host eight other NCAA championship events before 2026, including the men’s Division I golf regional next year, the women’s Division I golf regional in 2024 and the college hockey Frozen Four in 2026.

The occasions mark the first time the NCAA has allowed such events in markets where sports gaming occur after changing its policy in 2019.

Planning for the 2028 Final Four has already begun, which will include volunteer opportunities for both Las Vegas residents and visitors.

Stated Steve Hill, head honcho and President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, “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. 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.”

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