The countdown to the Final Four at AT&T Stadium begins in earnest today, when the NCAA Tournament bracket is released on Selection Sunday. The April 5-7 event will mark the first time the Final Four has been held in Dallas-Fort Worth in 28 years.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, one of the driving forces behind this year’s event, predicted that the area will not have to wait almost three decades for its next Final Four. AT&T Stadium is one of eight finalists in the mix to land the event again between 2017 and 2020.
“I fully expect that we will get another Final Four before very long,” Bowlsby said at the Big 12 conference tournament. “We like hosting. We like being at the center of the college athletics worlds. We’re going to get a lot of chances.”
Bowlsby predicted the inability to walk from ancillary events in Dallas to the arena in Arlington during the Final Four weekend will not be held against the area in future bids, as some envision.
“I don’t think that will be an issue for us,” Bowlsby said. “We have too many other advantages.”
_ Jimmy Burch