NCAA Division I Men's

Nov. 19, 2008

Houston, Texas - SMG-Reliant Park, the University of Houston, Rice University and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau are very pleased and honored to announce today that the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee has selected Houston and Reliant Stadium as the site to host the Final Four in 2016 and a preliminary round in 2015. The dates for the 2016 Houston Final Four will be April 2 & 4, 2016.

"The University of Houston has a rich tradition in men's basketball, so we are very excited with the Committee's decision and we look forward to working with the NCAA on preparing for the Men's Regionals in 2010 and the Final Four in 2011 and now again in 2016," said Director of Athletics for University of Houston Dave Maggard.

"We are thrilled with the NCAA's decision to come back to Houston in 2016" said Shea Guinn, President of SMG-Reliant Park. "March Madness is one of the greatest sporting events in the country. For Reliant Stadium and Houston to host the NCAA Men's Regionals in 2008 and 2010 and the Final Four in 2011 and now again in 2016 is a true honor."

"We are thrilled to be one of the hosting institutions that are bringing the Final Four back to Houston. This is truly one of the nation's premier sporting events that captures the attention of sports fans each March. It is a tribute to the great facilities that our city has to offer as well as to the efforts put forth by the committee to create a successful proposal to the NCAA. Rice University is truly honored to be a host for this tremendous event," said Chris Del Conte, Director of Athletics for Rice University.

"Houston is now established as one of the premier destinations in the country for major sporting events," said Greg Ortale, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. "In addition to the Super Bowl, the MLB All-Star Game, NBA All-Star Game, Tennis Masters Cup, two Big 12 Conference Football Championships, two NCAA Men's South Regionals and the NCAA Men's Final Four in 2011, the decision to hold the Final Four in 2016 is another significant milestone for the city of Houston. These events positively impact our city, both financially through attendees' direct expenditures and by increasing Houston's visibility around the world."



The host cities for the 2012-2016 Men's Final Fours: March 31/April 2, 2012 New Orleans, LA - Louisiana Superdome April 6/8, 2013 Atlanta, GA - Georgia Dome April 5/7, 2014 North Texas (Arlington/Dallas/Fort Worth) - Cowboys Stadium April 4/6, 2015 Indianapolis, IN - Lucas Oil Stadium April 2/4, 2016 Houston, TX - Reliant Stadium

The Houston Local Organizing Committtee Presentation Team consisted of: Bob Beauchamp (Chairman & CEO, BMC Software) - Business Community Shea Guinn (President, SMG-Reliant Park) - Competition Venue Robert Dale Morgan (President & CEO, Proactive Consulting Group) - Financial Package Jack Sweeney (President & Publisher, Houston Chronicle) - Media Plan Reid Gettys (Litigation Attorney, Exxonmobile) - Student Athlete Experience Dave Maggard (Director of Athletics, University of Houston) - Host Institution Chris Del Conte (Director of Athletics, Rice University) - Host Institution Don Henderson (Chairman Emeritus, Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau) - Hotel & Hospitality Greg Ortale (President & CEO, Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau) - Hotel & Hospitality David Tagliarino (Director of Sports Marketing, SMG-Reliant Park) - Houston Final Four Bid Preparer

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