One of America's biggest sporting events is coming back to Detroit.
The Final Four will return to Detroit and Ford Field in 2027, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced Tuesday.
Detroit last hosted the Final Four in 2009, when Michigan State lost to North Carolina in the national championship in front of 72,922 fans at Ford Field, the fifth biggest crowd in tournament history.
Ford Field also holds the record for most fans at a regional semifinal session and a regional championship game, which it had set the year prior.
Chris Reynolds, the chair of the committee and the director of athletics at Bradley, said that the NCAA was "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." North Texas was awarded the Final Four in 2030 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
“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," said Reynolds.
The NCAA also announced Tuesday that Detroit will host the Midwest Regional in 2024, likely at Little Caesars Arena in 2018.
Other cities winning Final Four bids Tuesday were Las Vegas in 2028 and Indianapolis in 2029.