(Jan. 28, 2014) -- The NCAA has announced that San Antonio is one of eight cities selected to proceed in the bid process to host a future Men's Final Four in 2017-2020. The other cities are Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, North Texas, Phoenix/Glendale and St. Louis.
San Antonians will have the opportunity to show their support for the bid when UTSA hosts the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Second and Third Rounds at the AT&T Center on March 21 and 23.
The bid is being put forth by the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee (SALOC), which is comprised of UTSA, San Antonio Sports and the City of San Antonio, including the Alamodome and Convention & Visitors Bureau. SALOC has previously hosted three Men's Final Fours (1998, 2004, 2008) and two Women's Final Fours (2002, 2010).
"We are very excited about receiving the news today that San Antonio will be one of the cities in the mix for the upcoming Men's Final Four bid cycle. Many, many people with the City, the County, San Antonio Sports and UTSA have very worked hard over the past 15 to 20 years to make San Antonio one of the premier locations for NCAA Championship events," said UTSA Athletics Director Lynn Hickey.
"Everyone on this bid team has worked together to aggressively position San Antonio and the Alamodome as a contender for this event and other events of national significance. I commend the City of San Antonio for their support and vision to ensure that the Alamodome will be competitive in the long term. We are also grateful to the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee and NCAA staff for their vote of confidence," said Russ Bookbinder, president and CEO of San Antonio Sports.
"We have an excellent partnership with the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee (SALOC) and UTSA. The City is committed to ensuring that our bid is extremely competitive and highlights the strengths of our dynamic destination," said Mike Sawaya, director of convention, sports and entertainment facilities for the City of San Antonio.
"At UTSA, we have been honored to serve as host institution for many of these events, and we look forward to hosting many more in the future," said Hickey. "That begins with the NCAA Men's Basketball Second and Third Rounds on March 21 and 23 at the AT&T Center. Eight teams will come to the Alamo City with dreams of advancing to the Final Four. Let's continue to show the rest of the country that San Antonio is an outstanding place to host NCAA Tournament games by packing the AT&T Center."
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
Celebrate 40 years of BestFest, an annual event hosted by Roadrunner Productions as a part of UTSA Homecoming festivities. The event will feature a carnival, food and drink booths, a golf cart parade, firework and live music from Anthem.
Brackenridge Lot 1, Main Campus
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization. The conference fee is $45 and includes breakfast, lunch & parking. Free for students and non-academic government employees. Register here: https://www.regonline.com/UTSAdataconference2017.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
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