(CBS DETROIT) - The NCAA Men's Final Four is returning to Detroit for the first time since 2009.
The NCAA announced Tuesday Ford Field will host the event on April 3 and 5 in 2027 with Michigan State University selected as the official host.
"We were really impressed with how the presenters from Detroit and North Texas rebounded from the disappointment of not being awarded a Final Four in the previous cycle and put their best foot forward during this entire process," said Chris Reynolds, the chair of the NCAA Division Men's Basketball Committee. "These communities should be proud of the leadership displayed by everyone involved with making these bids and ultimately earning the privilege to host an event of this magnitude. Both will be great locations at which to play the Final Four."
Along with Detroit, the Final Four will head to Las Vegas in 2028, Indianapolis in 2029 and North Texas in 2030.
Ford Field hosted the Final Four in 2009, when Michigan State beat Connecticut and North Carolina beat Villanova. The Tar Heels ultimately won the title.
According to the NCAA release, the national championship was played in front of 72,922 fans that season, which ranks fifth all-time.
"Ford Field, which was the first venue to use the in-the-round seating configuration for the Men's Final Four, also holds the attendance record for most fans at a regional semifinal session (57,028) and regional championship game (57,563)," says the release,"
Detroit will also host the Midwest Regional in 2024. That's the ninth time either Detroit, Auburn Hills, or Pontiac have hosted a preliminary round of the tournament.
Here's where the Final Four will be hosted each year through 2030:
- 2023: Houston
- 2024: Phoenix
- 2025: San Antonio
- 2026: Indianapolis
- 2027: Detroit
- 2028: Las Vegas
- 2029: Indianapolis
- 2030: Dallas
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