The NCAA on Wednesday selected Phoenix to host the 2026 Women's Final Four.
The national semifinals are set for Friday, April 3, 2026 at the home of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury in downtown Phoenix, with the national championship game tipping off on Sunday, April 5.
Phoenix won the right to host in a competitive bid process that included three other finalists to host the 2025 and 2026 Women's Final Fours. It will mark the first time that Phoenix has hosted the nation's top collegiate women's basketball championship, which has not been staged in the West since 2012.
"We are proud that the NCAA has chosen Phoenix," said Brooke Todare, co-chair of the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee (PLOC). "Hosting major events is in our DNA - and we can't wait to add the Women's Final Four to our resume. We thank our stakeholders for their strong support of this successful bid."
The 2026 Women's Final Four completes Arizona's resume as the nation's leading destination for major championships. The Valley will be the site of the 2023 Super Bowl and the 2024 NCAA Men's Final Four. ASU is also hosting the 2021 and 2022 NCAA Division Men's and Women's Golf Championships in Scottsdale.
"We have always said the transformation of our downtown arena was not simply about the Suns and Mercury but about elevating the City of Phoenix's ability to bring major acts and events to Arizona," said Jason Rowley, President and CEO of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury. "We are proud to have worked with the City and ASU on this bid, we are proud to be 24-year stewards of the women's game, and we could not be more excited to host the 2026 NCAA Women's Final Four."