Here is everything you need to know about the 2020 Final Four, including dates, location, history, and how to get tickets:
The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament has four regions: the South, East, West, and Midwest. The winner of each region advances to the penultimate round of the tournament and becomes one of the last four teams standing, joining the Final Four.
The Final Four is comprised of the final two rounds of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament — two semifinal games on Saturday, and the championship game on Monday, with all three games taking place in the same arena.
The 2020 Final Four will be played on the first weekend of April, with both semifinals on Saturday, April 4 and the national championship on Monday, April 6. Game times will be announced at a later date.
In 2020, the Final Four will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, in Atlanta, Georgia. This will be the fifth time the city has hosted the Final Four.
|1977||Omni Coliseum||Marquette, North Carolina, UNLV, UNC Charlotte||North Carolina||Marquette|
|2002||Georgia Dome||Maryland, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma||Indiana||Maryland|
|2007||Georgia Dome||Florida, Ohio State, UCLA, Georgetown||Ohio State||Florida|
|2013||Georgia Dome||Louisville*, Michigan, Syracuse, Wichita State||Michigan||Louisville*|
*Louisville’s participation in the 2013 tournament was later vacated by the Committee on Infractions.
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Final Four events
The games aren’t the only thing happening around the Final Four. There are a host of March Madness events taking place from Friday through Sunday, headlined by the Final Four Fan Fest, and including the DII and DIII national championship games on Sunday, April 5.
For a complete schedule of events Final Four weekend click here.
Full 2020 March Madness schedule:
The 2020 tournament will start with Selection Sunday — when the full field of 68, seeding, and bracket are released — on March 15, 2020.
Games will begin with the First Four that Tuesday, March 17, and continue until the Final Four on April 4 and national championship on April 6.
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Below is the full schedule. We will update it here with TV information and live streaming links as soon as those are available.
2020 NCAA tournament schedule and locations:
|March 15||Selection Sunday||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 17-18||First Four||Dayton, OH||University of Dayton||UD Arena|
|March 19/21||1st/2nd Rounds||Albany, NY||Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||Times Union Center|
|March 19/21||1st/2nd Rounds||Spokane, WA||University of Idaho||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|
|March 19/21||1st/2nd Rounds||St. Louis, MO||Missouri Valley Conference||Enterprise Center|
|March 19/21||1st/2nd Rounds||Tampa, FL||University of South Florida||Amalie Arena|
|March 20/22||1st/2nd Rounds||Greensboro, NC||Atlantic Coast Conference||Greensboro Coliseum|
|March 20/22||1st/2nd Rounds||Omaha, NE||Creighton University||CenturyLink Center Omaha|
|March 20/22||1st/2nd Rounds||Sacramento, CA||Sacramento State University||Golden 1 Center|
|March 20/22||1st/2nd Rounds||Cleveland, OH||Mid-American Conference/Cleveland State||Quicken Loans Arena|
|March 26/28||Midwest Regional||Indianapolis, IN||Horizon League/IUPUI||Lucas Oil Stadium|
|March 26/28||West Regional||Los Angeles, CA||Pepperdine University||STAPLES Center|
|March 27/29||South Regional||Houston, TX||University of Houston||Toyota Center|
|March 27/29||East Regional||New York, NY||St. John’s University/Big East Conference||Madison Square Garden|
|April 4/6||Final Four||Atlanta, GA||Georgia Institute of Technology|
How did the Final Four get its name?
The name is pretty self-explanatory, as the Final Four refers to the last four teams standing in the NCAA tournament.
The first known use of the term to refer to the penultimate round of the NCAA tournament came in 1975 when, according to Slate, Ed Chay wrote in the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Marquette was ”one of the final four” teams of the 1974 tournament.
In 1978, the NCAA ran with the phrase, referring to it as the “Final Four,” and later registering the trademark, meaning no one else in the U.S. can use the term for their tournaments.
Who are some notable Cinderellas who’ve made it to the Final Four?
Villanova — 1985 (the 8-seed Wildcats are the lowest seed ever to win the title.)
George Mason — 2006 (11-seed George Mason received an at-large bid, then beat Michigan State, UNC, and 1-seed UConn.)
VCU — 2011 (11-seed VCU remains the only team to reach the Final Four from the First Four.)
Butler — 2011 (The 8-seed Bulldogs weren’t expected to return to the Final Four after losing Gordon Hayward, but they willed themselves back to the championship game anyways before losing to Kemba Walker and UConn.)
Loyola Chicago — 2018 (The 11-seed Ramblers made the most of their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1985 before Michigan ended the run in the semifinal.)
Who has been to the most Final Fours?
North Carolina has been to 20 Final Fours — the most of any school. Kentucky and UCLA have both been to 17, Duke has 16, Kansas has 15, Ohio State and Michigan State have 10. No other schools have double-digit appearances.