February 23, 2024

Entire Woman’s Final Four to be hosted in San Antonio and Central Texas

San Antonio businesses are celebrating that the entire NCAA DI Women’s Basketball Championships will be taking place in March. There will be 64 teams playing games at five venues throughout South Texas and San Antonio including the Alamodome, Bill Greehey Arena at St. Mary’s University, University of Texas at San Antonio Convocation Center, University Events Center at University of Texas and the Frank Erwin Center at the University of Texas in Austin, just 80 miles north of San Antonio.

“We appreciate the historical significance of moving the entire championship to one region and want to acknowledge the work by the Women’s Basketball Committee and staff, our hosts, local organizers and ESPN that has allowed us to make plans for a successful 2021 championship,” said Lynn Holzman, NCAA vice president of women’s basketball.

“We’re fortunate to be working with San Antonio, which features one of the most experienced local organizing committees in the country, and our No. 1 priority is to focus on creating and implementing safety controls in an environment for student-athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and everyone else associated with the championship.”

The games will run March 21st through April 4th.

It appears the Alamodome will be hosting games for every round, with two courts to be used. The Sweet 16, Elite Eight and Final Four will take place there as well as the national championship.

As for fans attending, there was not exact word but there could be up to six family members or friends of the participants that could attend depending on San Antonio’s local health guidelines at the time of the games.

Normally there are usually five days between the second round and the Sweet 16 but this year only four days will be between the games.

“Like the 2020-21 season, we know the championship will have its challenges, but we feel we have the necessary structure and safeguards in place to ensure a quality student-athlete championship experience,” said Nina King, senior deputy athletic director and chief of staff at Duke and chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee.

“We appreciate all the work by those in San Antonio and by the NCAA staff to get to this point. We feel certain that one geographic region allows us to focus on the potential benefits of conducting certain safety measures in a controlled environment with competition and practice venues, medical resources and lodging for teams and officials all within close proximity,” she said.

Teams will be staying in hotels around the city and Bexar County. Practices will be utilizing the nine courts set up in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as well as two in the dome.
The NCAA will work closely with the city of San Antonio to assure that a safe environment is met for all members, staff and visitors. Visitors will have to test seven consecutive negative COVID-19 tests before arriving to the Alamo City.
All participants will be wearing KINEXON contact tracing devices during the tournament, including at practice and games to help with contact tracing and quarantining in the event someone contract COVID-19.
This is San Antonio’s time to shine safely especially during a current pandemic.





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