The Wachovia Center, site of the 2000 Women's Final Four, is among 12 sites under consideration to host one of the Final Fours from 2012 to 2016, the NCAA announced yesterday.

The finalists will be determined in August with the five winning cities to be announced in November.

Other past host cities vying for the event are Cleveland (2007), Indianapolis (2005), Kansas City (1998), New Orleans (1991, 2004), San Antonio (2002) and Tampa (2008). Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston and Nashville, Tenn., also have submitted bids.

"Based on our previous experience with the event and with our relationship with the NCAA and the Sports Congress, this is what we do to bring first-class, prominent events to Philly," said Ike Richman, a spokesman for Comcast-Spectacor, which owns the building. "We're hopeful that the NCAA Women's Final Four will return to the Wachovia Center and Philadelphia sometime between 2012 and 2016." *