San Antonio lands 2021 women’s Final Four basketball tournament
The NCAA announced today that San Antonio will host the 2021 NCAA women’s Final Four basketball tournament, marking the third time the tournament will be played in the Alamodome.
“This is great news. San Antonio is a fan favorite, and our upgrades to the Alamodome are paying off in a big way,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said shortly after the announcement was made in a NCAA broadcast on Twitter and Facebook. “The dome will be even better in 2021 than it was the last two times we hosted the Women’s Final Four.”
Nirenberg applauded Jenny Carnes and the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee for its work on securing the future events.
“We have gained momentum as a host for premier basketball events,” he said. “San Antonio is on a roll.”
Holly Rowe, the sportscaster who announced the winning cities in a broadcast on Twitter and Facebook, said the process to make selections for upcoming tournaments was a long one that included formal presentations by finalists and site visits to potential host cities.
She noted that San Antonio had previously hosted the women’s tournament in 2002 and 2010.
“The women’s Final Four all-time attendance record was set in 2002 with 29,519 in attendance for the national semi-finals,” she said.
The announcement caps off quite a year for collegiate basketball in San Antonio. After being named a finalist for the 2021 women’s event, San Antonio took center stage in March, when it hosted the men’s Final Four tournament. Then in July, the NCAA named San Antonio as the site for the 2025 men’s Final Four.
This is a developing story. Check back later for details.
Josh Baugh is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @jbaugh