Not that I think there are many people out there who honestly think Syracuse, NY is fully-capable of hosting a Final Four, the news that the NCAA has started the process of selecting Final Four locations for 2017 through 2020 has brought up that old discussion point.
I think it's time we squash it once and for all.
The Final Four will never take place in Syracuse, NY. Never. Ever. Nenever. Evnever. Nevevner.
As Mike Waters points out in his article, Syracuse falls short on the major requirements of any potential host (60K venue seating, 10K hotel rooms in reasonable proximity). And remember, those are the minimums. No one gets excited about minimums. Atlanta, which just hosted the Final Four, has over 75K hotel rooms. That's about nine times Syracuse.
And even if they somehow found a way to cram 60K into the Carrier Dome and Hilton magically decided to put 4,000 new hotel rooms in the Greater Syracuse Area, it's still not gonna happen. As a media market and as a destination, as much I love the seat of Onondaga County, it just ain't got it.
All of that said, Syracuse will continue to be a regular site for the East Regional and that's fantastic. It hosted in 2010 and will host again in 2015. Syracuse is ultimately a perfect destination for that level and that's nothing to sneeze at. Of course, we don't want to host it too often, lest the undefeated No. 1 Syracuse Orange basketball team be forced to play it in the South Regional due to conflicts, but, I suppose we can take that risk.
Worry less about bringing the Final Four to Syracuse and more about the Syracuse Orange going to the Final Four.