Kansas City is one of 12 cities bidding for the Women’s Final Four, the NCAA announced Wednesday.The winning bids will be for the years 2012 through 2016.
“I think we stand a very good chance,” said Cindy Smith, director of national events for the Kansas City Sports Commission.
Smith said Kansas City brings a history of successful hosting of national tournaments, including the 1998 Women’s Final Four, and a new dynamic that hasn’t been available until now _ a downtown arena with an adjacent entertainment district.
The Sprint Center and Power & Light District opened last year.
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In 1998, the Women’s Final Four was played in Kemper Arena.
Six other cities with previous Final Four experience are in the running: Cleveland, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Antonio and Tampa.
Cities submitting bid information to become a host for the first time: Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston and Nashville.
Two of the cities are offering stadium settings _ Indianapolis with Lucas Oil Stadium and the Alamodome in San Antonio. The others are arenas.
The winners will be announced in November.
Kansas City will be the site for a men’s NCAA Tournament first- and second-round in 2009. It has been the site of 10 men’s Final Fours.