The Final Four this year is in Glendale, Ariz.
The 2017 Final Four starts this year on Saturday, with two national semifinals. The national championship game is two nights later on Monday. All three Final Four games will take place in Glendale, Ariz., at University of Phoenix Stadium. That’s the NFL home of the Arizona Cardinals and the longtime home of college football’s Fiesta Bowl, as well as a couple of national championship games
University of Phoenix Stadium hosted the BCS National Championship Game in 2007 and 2011, and it was the site of the first Alabama-Clemson College Football Playoff title game in January 2016. This will be its first Final Four. The NCAA officially bills the Final Four as being hosted by nearby Phoenix, Arizona’s largest city. But the technical location of the games is Glendale, and the two aren’t the same.
It’s a big venue, seating more than 63,000 for football and expandable to well over 70,000 for certain events. The Final Four’s visit to the venue keeps up a trend of the NCAA holding its marquee basketball event in massive football stadiums. Previous Final Four sites include the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the Superdome in New Orleans, Ford Field in Detroit, and NRG Stadium in Houston.
Next year’s Final Four is slated for San Antonio. Minneapolis will get the event in 2019, Atlanta in 2020, and Indianapolis in 2021.
The Monday-Saturday schedule structure has existed for years, and it helps the Final Four to be a national topic of conversation from one week bleeding into the next. There’s no reason to expect that’ll change any time soon.
Here’s the full schedule for the Final Four, including TV information:
Semifinals (Saturday, April 1)
TBD vs. TBD, 6 p.m., CBS
TBD vs. TBD, 8:30 p.m., CBS
National championship (Monday, April 3)
Semifinal winners, 9 p.m., CBS
You can stream the Final Four at March Madness Live. That service is available via CBS All-Access, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire tablets, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, Roku, and Microsoft Windows 10 mobile, desktop and Xbox One.