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Report: NCAA limits use of domes for tournament games

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NCAA Tournament games leading up to the Final Four will no longer be played in domed football stadiums that have hosted previous regionals, ESPN reported Wednesday.

According to the report by ESPN's Andy Katz, the NCAA will have a portal available in July on its website for Final Four sites to make proposals for 2017-2020. Site decisions will then be made in 2014 for those years.

"The NCAA won't put any restrictions on the proposals, meaning that a city that doesn't have a dome can make an offer and the NCAA will discuss it," Katz wrote. "The NCAA has made one decision on domes -- it is done with them in regional finals."

Using domes for regionals had been a trial for future Final Fours, said Mark Lewis, the NCAA's vice president in charge of championships, but upcoming Final Four sites have already been hosts and don't need a dry run. Lewis recommended that future regional finals should be played in arenas.

The next three Final Fours are set for Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in 2014, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in 2015 and Reliant Stadium in Houston in 2016.
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