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NCAA discusses moving Final Four back to arenas

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Though it doesn't have much chance of happening, the NCAA and the men's basketball selection committee have discussed moving the Final Four tournament to an arena for the first time since 2016.

The topic was broached at the selection committee's summer meeting and at the National Association of Basketball Coaches meeting last week by new NCAA executive vice president for championships Mark Lewis.

"It's something we would want to explore," Lewis said. "What's the best place to play a basketball game? Is it harder to play in a dome? We've got to do what's right for the game of basketball. I have a sports background but not a basketball guy, so the answer should be driven by what's the best experience for the student-athletes."

The next four Final Fours are locked in for domes in Atlanta (2013), Arlington, Texas ('14), Indianapolis ('15) and Houston ('16). This year, the NCAA is supposed to send out a request for a proposal for the 2017 Final Four and beyond.

The last time the Final Four was held in an arena was 1996 at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.
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