ATLANTA — The NCAA Women’s Final Four selection committee awarded Atlanta the 2003 NCAA Women’s Final Four, to be played in the Georgia Dome with Georgia Tech serving as the host institution. Atlanta competed with three other cities–Detroit, Memphis, and Charlotte–to secure the bid.
An Atlanta delegation from the Atlanta Sports Council, Georgia Tech, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Philips Arena and the Georgia Dome presented the bid to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee last Wednesday in Pebble Beach, Calif.
“If you examine accessibility, hotels, venues, hospitality and volunteers, Atlanta has an outstanding list of selling points,” said Gary P. Stokan, President of the Atlanta Sports Council. “The Women’s NCAA Final Four is the premier women’s NCAA event and one of the highest rated televised events in women’s sports. We feel honored that the NCAA committee awarded us this prestigious event.”
In 1993, Atlanta’s Omni was the site of the first sell-out in the history of the Women’s Final Four, hosting a crowd of more than 16,000. Texas Tech beat Ohio State (84-82) and Tech’s Sheryl Swoopes broke an NCAA record with 47 points in the title game.
“Georgia Tech and Atlanta hosted the first sell-out of the NCAA Women’s Final Four six years ago, and we look forward to creating another sell-out and record-setting event for the NCAA teams, fans and alumni in 2003,” said Georgia Tech Director of Athletics Dave Braine.
Georgia Tech will also be the host institution for the NCAA Men’s Final Four at the Georgia Dome in 2002 and 2007.