The NCAA has announced Indianapolis will host the Men’s Final Four in 2026. It will be the ninth time the Circle City has hosted the event, which is also scheduled to take place in Indy in 2021.
The event is scheduled for April 4 and 6, 2026 at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indy. The Indiana Sports Corp. says it will manage the Indiana Host Committee for both the 2021 and 2026 Final Fours along with the Horizon League and IUPUI.
"The state of Indiana is a place with deep roots in the basketball community, making it our privilege and honor to host the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four for the ninth time," said Ryan Vaughn, president of the Indiana Sports Corp. "March Madness is one of the most distinguished events in collegiate athletics and we will work tirelessly to ensure that the 2026 Final Four captivates fans from across the country."
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee also awarded Final Four events to Houston in 2023, Phoenix in 2024, and San Antonio in 2025. The nine times Indianapolis has hosted the Final Four are second only to the 10 times the event was hosted in Kansas City, the most recent of which took place in 1988.
"Indianapolis has a long history of setting the standard for NCAA Championships in this city and we look to continue to build on that history when we host the 2026 NCAA Men’s Final Four," said IUPUI Athletics Director Rod Perry. "Every individual involved in hosting takes great pride in their role in providing the student-athletes, teams and fans the best possible championship experience. Our institution looks forward to partnering with the Indiana Sports Corp and Horizon League to make the 2026 Men’s Final Four the best one yet."
Indianapolis last hosted the Final Four in 2015 with a two-day attendance total of more than 143,000.