Finally! Portland attracts Women's Final Four, set for 2030
Portland has landed as the host for its first-ever NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four.
It's set for 2030.
The bid process was driven collaboratively by Sport Oregon, Travel Portland, the Rose Quarter/Portland Trail Blazers and the University of Portland Pilots.
Portland has long been on the radar for the NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, having hosted tournament games in the past. Oregon State and Oregon have each made the Final Four in recent years, as each program has continually been part of the national scene.
"To say we are excited is a massive understatement — this is a huge win for our community and our bid partners," said Sport Oregon CEO Jim Etzel. "It is a testament to the culture and passion of women's basketball fans in Oregon. We are deeply appreciative of the Women's Basketball Committee and the NCAA for choosing Portland, and we can't wait to show everyone what we already know, that this is the best place in the world for women's athletics."
Portland was a finalist for the 2025 and 2026 Women's Final Fours back in 2020, but ultimately fell short in securing either of those events. In 2019, Portland hosted one of the most successful Women's Basketball Regionals in history, and were set to do the same in 2020 before the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament. The University of Portland will act as the host school for the Portland Women's Final Four.
"It is a tremendous honor to serve as institutional host on this successful bid to bring the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Final Four to Portland," said Scott Leykam, University of Portland Vice President for Athletics. "The University of Portland is home to women's athletic programs that were at the forefront of the growth of women's sports in our great city and state and this is a great way for us to continue that legacy."
Outside of Portland, the other winning host cities for the future were Columbus, Ohio (2027); Indianapolis, Indiana (2028); San Antonio, Texas (2029); and Dallas, Texas (2031).
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