AUSTIN (KXAN) — The state’s high school basketball tournament is on the move.
University Interscholastic League, the governing body for high school sports in Texas, said the tournament will be moved to the Alamodome in San Antonio in 2015.
The board cited difficulties finding available and affordable hotel rooms in Austin for visiting teams as a reason for the move. South by Southwest overlaps with the second week of the tournament.
In June, UIL council members approved a measure to move the tournament out of Austin, where it has been held since 1921. The Frank Erwin Center on the University of Texas campus has hosted the event since 1978.
“The decision to move the basketball state tournaments has been a difficult one,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “The tournaments have enjoyed a rich tradition in Austin, but in order to provide the best experience for student-athletes, coaches and fans, it is best to move the UIL basketball state tournaments to another excellent venue in Texas, the San Antonio Alamodome.”
The Alamodome is no stranger to hosting large events. The venue has hosted the NCAA men’s and women’s Final Four on several occasions, and was home to the Big 12 Championship football game three separate times. The Alamo Bowl has also been played at the stadium since 1993.
The girls basketball tournament will take place March 5-7, 2015 and the boys tournament will be March 12-14.
A decision on where the tournament will be held beyond 2015 has not yet been determined.