Portland has been announced as a finalist for the 2025 or 2026 NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four, the NCAA announced this morning.
The bid process was handled collaboratively by Sport Oregon, Oregon State University, the Portland Trail Blazers, and Travel Portland. If the bid is successful, it would be the first time that Portland has hosted the Women’s Final Four.
The other three finalist cities in the running are Columbus, Phoenix, and Tampa.
“We are excited to be named a finalist for the Women’s Final Four, and look forward to the next steps in the process to make this a reality,” said Sport Oregon CEO Jim Etzel via a release from Sport Oregon. “We are tremendously fortunate to have such great bid partners, and a community that is incredibly supportive of women’s athletics.”
The Moda Center will again be hosting the 2020 Women’s Regional in March.
“Oregon State Athletics would like to thank Sport Oregon, the Portland Trail Blazers and Travel Portland for partnering with us in our goal to bring one of the most iconic NCAA Championship events to the Moda Center,” Beaver Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes said via the Sport Oregon release. “The record breaking success we experienced hosting the NCAA Regional last March and the awareness of the outstanding women’s basketball programs in this region have elevated the sport to new heights. We’re excited to further enhance our Strategic Plan objective to increase the Beaver brand in the Portland metro area.”
The group bidding on the event traveled to Indianapolis in December to make its’ formal presentation to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee.
The next step is for the committee to conduct site tours of the finalist cities this summer and a final presentation will be made to the Committee in September, 2020.
An official decision for 2025 and 2026 for the Women’s Final Four will be made in October, 2020.