(Dec. 8, 2008)--The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), in conjunction with The University of Texas at San Antonio and the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee (SALOC), unveiled the 2010 NCAA Women's Final Four logo Dec. 5 at a news conference and women's basketball celebration at the newly opened Young Women's Leadership Academy.
The 2010 NCAA Women's Final Four logo pays tribute to Texas, the Lone Star State and the rich history of San Antonio with a single five-point white star embedded within the "O" of the word "FOUR" in the design. Logo colors are red, white, blue and gray.
"We are very excited to have an opportunity to once again be the institutional host for the Women's Final Four," said Lynn Hickey, UTSA director of athletics. "We work with a great group of partners as a member of the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee and are very proud of the success that this group has had in hosting NCAA championship events. We have great respect for the women's tournament and are anxious to make the 2010 NCAA Women's Final Four the biggest and best national championship ever held for women's basketball."
UTSA and the SALOC are the hosts for the 2010 NCAA Women's Final Four, which will be played April 4 and 6 at the Alamodome. It will mark the second time that the marquee event has been played in San Antonio and at the Alamodome with the site setting an attendance record of 29,619 for both the national semifinals and national championship game when the event was held there in 2002. The attendance availability number for 2010 is still being determined.
"The city of San Antonio and our local organizing committee are proud once again to host an NCAA Women's Final Four. The Alamo City embraced this event when hosting for the first time in 2002 by introducing the championship to a domed facility and setting an attendance record that still stands," said Jenny Carnes, SALOC executive director. "We look forward to working with the NCAA to take the 2010 NCAA Women's Final Four to an even greater level and just as importantly for San Antonio, we welcome the opportunities this fantastic event can create for our community."
San Antonio and the Alamodome have a long history of hosting NCAA championship events, and most recently hosted the 2008 NCAA Men's Final Four. The 2010 NCAA Women's Final Four will be the 11th NCAA championship event hosted by San Antonio over the last 13 years with the Alamodome also serving as the site for the Men's Final Four in 1998 and 2004, in addition to hosting the 2002 NCAA Women's Final Four.
"We look forward to 2010 when the Women's Final Four will be played at the Alamodome and we are well into the process of planning for this celebration of our game," said Jacki Silar, chair of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee and associate director of athletics at Duke University. "San Antonio embraced the 2002 NCAA Women's Final Four with outstanding success, establishing an all-time attendance record for the national semifinals and championship games. We look forward to our return in 2010 for our pinnacle event."
The Women's Final Four has sold out the last 17 years including the upcoming 2009 NCAA Women's Final Four, which will be played in St. Louis, Mo., at the Scottrade Center April 5 and 7.
For more information, visit the NCAA Women's Final Four Web site or call Rick Nixon, associate director of the Division I Women's Basketball Championship, at (317) 917-6539.
About NCAA and Division I Women's Basketball
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports.
For details about the association, its goals, members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes, visit the NCAA Web sites -- http://www.ncaa.org or http://www.ncaa.com.
NCAA women's basketball is characterized by strong fundamentals, high quality of play, sportsmanship, role model student-athletes and family oriented entertainment. The latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate figures show 81 percent of NCAA Division I women's basketball players graduate. In terms of the NCAA Academic Progress Rate, which measures term-by-term academic success, the overall score is 960, well above the NCAA benchmark of 925.