Bidding has begun on future Final Four host sites

Streeter Lecka

In a little over a year, we'll find out in which cities the 2017-2020 national champions will be crowned.

The NCAA announced Thursday that it has started the bidding process for the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Final Fours.

"We're excited to begin what we expect to be a competitive bid process," Wake Forest athletic director/2014 NCAA tournament selection committee chairman Ron Wellman said in a statement. "Through the years the Final Four has evolved from one of the country's favorite events into one of the world's most popular events, so it's a tremendous opportunity for cities to be the center of the sporting universe."

Official bids to host one of the Final Fours must be submitted by Nov. 15, although the winners won't be announced until November of 2014. Finalists will be announced in January.

"When evaluating prospective hosts, the committee will review each city's competition venue, transportation and lodging, and the region's overall commitment to the event. Venues must hold a minimum of 60,000 fans, and host cities or regions must be able to provide at least 10,000 full-service hotel rooms within reasonable proximity to the competition venue," according to the NCAA's release.

The next three Final Fours are scheduled to be hosted in Dallas, Indianapolis and Houston.

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