On Wednesday, October 14, the NCAA selected Phoenix to host the 2026 Women’s Final Four. The national semifinals are set to begin Friday, April 3, 2026 in downtown Phoenix, with the national championship game tipping off Sunday, April 5.
Nina King, chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, cited Phoenix’s experience in hosting major championships as a factor in the selection. “Phoenix is a culturally diverse city that is experienced in hosting mega-events and has a proven history of supporting women in sport, business and philanthropy. The current renovation taking place at Talking Stick Resort Arena will elevate and transform that venue into one of the best in the country. We look forward to our student-athletes, coaches and fans being able to experience it for themselves in 2026.”