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Columbus gearing up to host Women's Basketball Final 4 in 2018

COLUMBUS -- Columbus is quickly becoming a hub for top level women's college basketball.

The city earned the right to host the 2018 Women's Basketball Final 4 in November of 2014. The Final 4 will be three games at Nationwide Arena. 40,000 fans are expected with an economic impact of $20 million dollars.

The 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four logo was unveiled Wednesday during the Greater Columbus Sports Commission’s Women’s Sports Report at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Ohio State will host the NCAA Women’s Final Four at Nationwide Arena on March 30 and April 1, 2018, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Division two Ohio Dominican University will host the D-2 Elite 8 next month on campus.

The city also was home to the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship semifinals, hosted by Capital University at the Capital Center, and will be the site of the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s’ Basketball Championship on March 21-24 at Ohio Dominican University’s Alumni Hall.

“Columbus has had success hosting NCAA championship events over the years and we anticipate the teams, fans and the local community to have a great experience at the 2018 Women’s Final Four,” said Anucha Browne, NCAA vice president, women’s basketball championships. “We look forward to working with Ohio State, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission and Nationwide Arena in creating a memorable experience for all.”

Designed by Joe Bosack and Co., the purple, orange, blue and white 2018 Women’s Final Four logo was inspired by the diversity of Columbus — including athletes, artists, academics, entrepreneurs, and innovators — linked together as a community by the iconic arches across the streets of the Short North Arts District.

“The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is honored to serve as host, along with the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, for the 2018 Women’s Final Four,” said Ohio State Special Assistant to the Director Miechelle Willis. “We look forward to an exciting year of planning, administration and working with the NCAA. We are certain that our efforts will culminate with one of the most exciting sporting events in collegiate athletics taking place in a wonderful and dynamic city that fans are going to truly enjoy visiting: Columbus, Ohio.”

All-session tickets for the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four will go on-sale in the fall. For those fans that can’t wait until this fall, join the fun by becoming a “Finals Fanatic” in the 300 level of Nationwide Arena for only $75 per person. Individuals in this location will receive a food voucher, special meet and greet with celebrities and former players and airtime on the Nationwide Arena videoboard during the Women’s Final Four. Upper level single session tickets will also go on-sale at this time. Visit NCAA.com/WBBTickets to purchase your package beginning March 29.

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