The city of Portland was named one of four finalists for the 2025 or 2026 NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four. The other three cities are Columbus, Phoenix and Tampa.
An official decision for the NCAA Women’s Basketball 2025 and 2026 Final Four will be made later this year in October.
Portland’s bid to host the event has been led by Sport Oregon, Oregon State University, the Portland Trail Blazers and Travel Portland.
In 2019, the four entities produced the most successful Women’s Basketball West Regional in history, including breaking attendance records. The Moda Center will be hosting the 2020 Women’s Regional this coming March as well.
Sport Oregon CEO Jim Etzel: “We are excited to be named a finalist for the Women’s Final Four, and look forward to the next steps in the process to make this a reality.” He added “We are tremendously fortunate to have such great bid partners, and a community that is incredibly supportive of women’s athletics.”
Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes: “Oregon State Athletics would like to thank Sport Oregon, the Portland Trail Blazers and Travel Portland for partnering with us in our goal to bring one of the most iconic NCAA Championship events to the Moda Center.” He added, “The record breaking success we experienced hosting the NCAA Regional last March and the awareness of the outstanding women’s basketball programs in this region have elevated the sport to new heights. We’re excited to further enhance our Strategic Plan objective to increase the Beaver brand in the Portland metro area.”