The University Interscholastic League's girls and boys state basketball tournaments will have a new home next year, thanks, in part, to South by Southwest.
Tuesday, the UIL announced the 2015 tournaments will be played at the Alamodome in San Antonio. It marks the first time in 94 years that the tournaments won’t be played in the capital city after first being played there in 1921.
Earlier this summer, UIL staff asked the UIL Legislative Council to consider a change of venue because of difficulties booking hotel rooms due to other events being held in Austin every spring, including the South by Southwest festival.
“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 girls basketball state tournament will take place March 5-7, 2015 and the boys tournament will be March 12-14. South by Southwest is scheduled for March 13-17, in direct conflict with the boys tournament.
The city of San Antonio is excited to host the events.
“We’re thrilled the UIL has chosen San Antonio to host one of the state’s premier high school championships,” said Casandra Matej, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau Director. "We look forward to providing another unforgettable experience for players, fans and officials at the 2015 UIL State Basketball Tournaments.”
Details about ticket sales will be forthcoming, according to a news release from the UIL.